English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
English is central to all learning, and indeed to life. Children need to develop the capacity to use the English language in all it's forms. For more details on supporting you child at home in English (reading and writing) click here.
We are proud to teach phonics using the letters and sounds document, commissioned by the Government in 2007, which remains unsurpassed as a resource in how to teach phonics. Use the links below for more information on letters and sounds.
Our main school reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, supplemented with Project X and other books to provide range and balance.
For Phonics we use Phonics Bug (which also has digital versions for your child to access at home), supplemented by Floppy’s Phonics, Dandelion Readers and others.