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In English, during Key Stage 1 pupils learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm. They use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds.

Speaking and listening: during Key Stage 1 pupils learn to speak clearly, thinking about the needs of their listeners. They work in small groups and as a class, joining in discussions and making relevant points. They also learn how to listen carefully to what other people are saying, so that they can remember the main points. They learn to use language in imaginative ways and express their ideas and feelings when working in role and in drama activities.

Reading: during Key Stage 1 pupils' interest and pleasure in reading is developed as they learn to read confidently and independently. They focus on words and sentences and how they fit into whole texts. They work out the meaning of straightforward texts and say why they like them or do not like them. In Year 2 children will begin to use Accelerated Reader, which is a fun, interactive programme which targets specific reading skills and target areas. Children will have the opportunity to self-select books and complete quizzes linked to what has been read. 

Writing: during Key Stage 1 pupils start to enjoy writing and see the value of it. They learn to communicate meaning in narrative and non-fiction texts and spell and punctuate correctly. Children will engage with the Talk for Writing writing tool kit, enabling them to orally rehearse stories before writing.


Phonics: Pupils follow the ‘RWI' Programme.


In English, during Key Stage 2 pupils learn to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them. They explore the use of language in literary and non-literary texts and learn how language works.

Speaking and listening: during Key Stage 2 pupils learn how to speak in a range of contexts, adapting what they say and how they say it to the purpose and the audience. Taking varied roles in groups gives them opportunities to contribute to situations with different demands. They also learn to respond appropriately to others, thinking about what has been said and the language used.

Reading: during Key Stage 2 pupils read enthusiastically a range of materials and use their knowledge of words, sentences and texts to understand and respond to the meaning. They increase their ability to read challenging and lengthy texts independently. They reflect on the meaning of texts, analysing and discussing them with others. Children in KS2 will continue to use the  Accelerated Reader programme to support their increased love of reading and fluency. 

Children will use 'The Reading Dogs' as a tool to help them understand the different strategies we use when reading. Children across KS2 will take part in a 'Midday Read', where all children engage in reading, share their favourite stories and reflect on what they have read.

Writing: during Key Stage 2 pupils develop understanding that writing is both essential to thinking and learning, and enjoyable in its own right. They learn the main rules and conventions of written English and start to explore how the English language can be used to express meaning in different ways. They use the planning, drafting and editing process to improve their work and to sustain their fiction and non-fiction writing. 


English Statement of Intent

 To deliver an exciting, innovative English curriculum which enables and empowers children's written and oral communication and creativity.


Early Reading 

At Victoria Road Primary, we strive to develop the full potential of all our pupils so they become confident, literate readers. If children are to develop as competent, fluent readers it is essential that they have secure understanding of letters and sounds. Phonic skills are essential to developing competent and assertive readers. At Victoria road, we follow the systematic approach of Read Write Inc. During their Nursery education, our children are provided with numerous and varied opportunities to hear and say sounds. Staff support this experience by ensuring the modelling of pure sounds at all times. 

As children progress through school, they will learn all the 44 sounds and the corresponding letter groups. Pupils will learn the initial letter sounds and their matching graphemes as they progress from Nursery to Reception. They will be explicitly taught the skill of oral blending, which is vital for the initial stages of early reading. Children will rapidly progress to blending sounds together to help them read CVC words. Children will learn digraph and trigraph sounds throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1. 

As children become confident at blending sounds, they are taught the skill of blending sounds mentally and at speed by the use of the RWI system of ‘Fred in your head’ and “Fred fingers”. Children will be exposed to ‘alien’ words throughout Reception and Year 1. 

This consistent and rigorous approach will provide our children with the foundations to become enthused readers with a passion for storytelling, literature and vocabulary.


At Victoria Road Primary, we want to foster a lifelong love of reading by exposing our children to various literature across all curriculum areas. We believe reading opens up a new world for children and gives them the opportunity to explore new ideas, visit new places , meet new characters and develop a better understanding of other cultures,  Through building up the children’s vocabulary it gives them the word power they need to become successful speakers and writers as well as confident readers. Reading is a key life skill and we strive to embed a culture of reading into the core of what we do. Providing opportunities for children to read both independently and aloud as well as allowing them the chance to discuss and recommend books they have read to their peers. Reading and quality literature is implicitly interwoven into our curriculum through the use of key texts to expose our children to various genres and famous authors and to enhance the variety of exciting topics that we teach. We use RWInc comprehension texts, Guided texts and Accelerated Reader to help us teach and assess reading. We teach children specific skills through our Reading Dogs programme.


To develop the appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, at Victoria Road Primary we have undertaken a multifaceted approach to writing, whereby all subject areas include the opportunity for pupils to express their thoughts in a range of written styles. It is vital that our children are exposed to a range of exemplar texts, from across different genres and subject areas, to embed ambitious vocabulary choices and secure expectations of writing across the curriculum.  This exposure to a variety of curricular areas encourages a range of writers and writing styles, allowing boys (a key focus for development) to be absorbed within their learning and retelling. Writing is a crucial skill that is embedded across all year groups; consolidation of fine motor skills and phonic strategies are implemented in lower school and working towards securing confidence with independent pieces is of priority in KS2. We hope for our pupils to leave Victoria Road Primary with a certainty that they are able to communicate effectively in writing – and enjoy being able to express themselves in this way. To help us achieve this, we use Talk4Writing skills and Talk Rules within oracy and discussion to build up the skills. We practise fluent, cursive font in our handwriting and use Letter-join for consistency, supported by Twinkl and joined up letters as appropriate. We use Westover Green/Somerset Litervay Network Spelling scheme to improve these outcomes.

Oracy and articulacy has been a sharp focus for us over several years as we endeavour to ensure that the children here acquire a wide vocabulary base and this is encouraged through Talk Rules, discussions and debates in class. We want our pupils to develop into responsible, respectful and active citizens.


English Writing Progression of Skills Map 2020-2021

English Reading Progression of Skills Map 2020-2021

Handwriting Policy Letterjoin July 2020

Parent Booklet to Support RWI Set one sounds.

An overview of Read Write Inc. Phonics by Ruth Miskin

Ruth Miskin provides an overview of Read Write Inc. Phonics, a complete teaching programme for 5-7 year-olds who are learning to read and write. Find out more about Read Write Inc. Phonics:

RWI Pure Sounds

Uploaded by John Pau on 2016-12-06.

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a whole-group reading management and monitoring programme that aims to foster the habit of independent reading among primary and early secondary age pupils. The internet-based software initially screens pupils according to their reading levels, and suggests books that match their reading age and reading interest.

English Leaders Mr Baxter & Mrs Collins

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