English covers many areas: Spoken language, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation and includes drama and social skills. English skills are also taught though other subjects, e.g. History or RE.

Children are introduced to books as soon as they enter school. We want them to develop a love of reading, as well as to achieve excellent reading skills. Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, supported by a wide variety of other schemes to provide an individualised reading programme for the children.  This includes the X Project which is really appealing to boys.  Children take books home to share and read with parents. All children use the  School Library and there is a lending library in each year group. Parents help run these.

We teach Phonics from the start to help children develop confidence with word attack skills and to support spelling using the Governments Programme Letters and Sounds. We also have a spelling scheme of work and run regular workshops to enable parents to help their children.

Children are taught to write for a range of purposes, e.g. invitations, letters, lists, in sentences with correct punctuation and learn the importance of correct spelling. The school teaches the ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ method of learning spellings. We follow a structured Handwriting Scheme and when children have mastered correct letter formation they are taught how to join the letters. Parent Workshops are provided to help support children at home.



Year One


Labels, lists and captions

Familiar settings

Writing instructions

Poetry- Using the Senses

Traditional Tales

Write the Christmas Story


Literacy from Film-

Baboon on the Moon

Non-fiction- Recount and Dictionary

Poetry- Pattern and Rhyme

Stories from a range of cultures- predictable and patterned language

Narrative Unit- Second Sequence




Stories about Fantasy Worlds

Non-fiction- Recount fact and fiction

Poetry- Poems on a Theme-

The Seaside

Non-fiction- Information Texts


Year Two



Traditional Tales- Link to Theatre Trip


Major Author Roger Hargreaves

(Mr Men)


Christmas Poetry


Poetry Early 20th Century Poets

100 Years

Katie Morag

Non-Chronological Report Writing (Dragonology)

Significant Author- Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Poetry (Silly Stuff)

Character description




Non chronological report, character description

Basic Skills

Poetry- Victorian Poets

Visual Literacy-Dangle

The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch