When teaching English,  we follow the 2014 National Curriculum Programme Of Study and teachers plan according to pupil need. We recognise that a sound understanding of English is critical for our children to be able to fully access learning in all subject areas; therefore we offer high quality learning experiences in English on a daily basis.

To develop phonic understanding we use the Read, Write Inc scheme. This begins in Reception Class and is usually completed at some point in year 2. This is a systematic scheme in which the children are are taught the 44 speech sounds (phonemes) of the English language. They are gradually taught the written representations of these sounds (graphemes). Alongside this, we give children high frequency words to learn. Some of these words do not follow the regular phonetic rules and therefore need to be learnt on sight.

Once children have completed the Read Write Inc. programme, they will then access guided reading sessions as well as regular taught comprehenion lessons. This is to  ensure our children can fully understand the range of texts that they will encounter in their learning and in the wider world. We encourage a love of reading and each class has a library area from which they can choose from a range of books.

In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, the children access a variety of high quality reading stimulus in lessons. They will write from these experiences and the real life experiences they encounter. From Year 3 onwards, each class reads a class novel. Within lessons children are stimulated through a range of activities such as drama, visits and film to produce extended pieces of writing. They are then supported, through high quality marking, to edit and redraft their writing until it is ‘fit for publication’.  We believe that this allows the children time to improve their work (with the guidance of their teacher), like an author would, until they are entirely happy with it.

Grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught both discreetly and within the context of the novel approach and then applied across all subjects. We also use the Read, Write Inc spelling programme to teach spelling.

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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Upper Essex Street

Liverpool, L8 6QB


0151 709 3672

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