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Reading and writing are crucial to every child's learning and are taught with creativity and enthusiasm throughout school. A love of books is paramount and we develop children's literacy learning from this starting point.


Oracy is developed in many different ways. Children enthusiastically use small world tables, role play areas and participate imaginatively in drama activities. They are constantly encouraged to express themselves verbally, listen intently and widen their vocabulary.

Curriculum - English


At this school we teach reading through a mixture of whole class, small group and individual reading opportunities. We use a range of books, covering different genres rather than relying on one scheme alone. In this way we cover depth and breadth within each level. Our books are grouped according to nationally recognised Book Band levels and are available for the children to read at home and in school. We have produced an information booklet to explain how we teach reading skills in school and how you can support your child at home.  Every class has a comfortable library area and in addition we have an attractive, well stocked school library which children access on a regular basis.

For our information booklets and our checklists for learning opportunities within the book bands, click here.


We develop all aspects of writing. Children are taught handwriting, spelling and punctuation skills and to apply these creatively and purposefully across a range of genres. All children's writing is valued and their writing is frequently displayed throughout school.

For help with Handwriting letter formation, click here. For help with Grammar, click here.


The video link below shows how to articulate phonetic sounds:

Articulation of Phonemes

For more details about the Phonics Curriculum, click here.


To help your child at home with Spelling, click here. For more detailed information about spelling, please follow the links below:

Spelling in Reception

Spelling in Year 1

Spelling in Year 2

National Curriculum - Spelling

Reading and Spelling Word Lists

Evidence of English

Cygnets Nursery Reception Year 1 Year 2

English Websites for Children

BBC Bitesize KS1 - English Activities


If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact us.

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