English Curriculum Statement

At Scole CE VC Primary School, we recognise and value reading and writing as key life skills and are dedicated to enabling our children to become lifelong learners.

This statement will detail our approach to reading and writing and how both skills underpin our curriculum.


Statement of Intent

We believe that reading is key to academic success and reading is given the prominence that it requires throughout the school. We take a holistic approach to the teaching and enjoyment of reading through:

  • Whole class guided reading sessions four times per week which introduce the children to a wide variety of texts and authors.
  • A systematic synthetic phonics programme (Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised) which enables children to learn letter sounds and to blend them together to read and write words. (See also separate Phonics and Early Reading policy.)
  • Class books which are shared by the teacher, giving children the opportunity to enjoy hearing stories being read. Children will be given the chance to help to choose class reads.
  • A well-stocked library which is regularly updated with new releases and which all classes visit regularly.
  • Class libraries that children may choose from to read in class.
  • Opportunities for children to use reading skills across all areas of the curriculum.
  • Visits from authors, theatre companies and other educational providers who can enhance our reading for pleasure ethos.

By the time children leave Scole CE VC Primary School, it is our intention that they will be competent readers who have a wide knowledge of a range of books and authors and who can participate in discussions about their reading. We also aim to instil an enjoyment of reading that will last beyond their time at Scole.

Statement of Implementation (See also separate Phonics and Early Reading Policy.)

Within Key Stage 2, reading is structured throughout the week to give children the opportunity to fully explore a text.

  • A reading domain focus is chosen for each week, meaning that each domain is revisited regularly throughout the year.
  • Quality texts are chosen that provide opportunities to practise the skills related to each domain.
  • Children are provided with sentence stems and starters that allow them to respond to texts in different ways.
  • Children are given the opportunity to explore fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Different genres are chosen to expose children to a variety of writing styles and to both modern and classic texts.
  • Whole class discussions ensure that all children are given the opportunity to access high quality texts and to hear a variety of responses.
  • New texts are modelled by the teacher, enabling children to hear new vocabulary and reading fluency.
  • Vocabulary learning is integrated within guided reading sessions and through links with other curriculum areas.
  • Parents are encouraged to support their children’s reading at home. Phonetically decodable books are provided for Children in EYFS and key stage 1, as well as for those children who require further support in key stage 2. Home school reading diaries for all children allow parents to comment on their children’s reading and to share successes.

Teachers assess children regularly against the National Curriculum expectations (in Years 1-6) and against the Reading Early Learning Goal (in EYFS). These regular assessments inform planning and allow teachers to identify any gaps in learning. The Reading Lead teacher introduces new texts to teachers at INSET sessions and offers advice and support to other teachers when requested.

Statement of Impact

Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. This way, children can focus on developing their fluency and comprehension as they move through the school. Attainment in reading is measured using the statutory assessments at the end of Key Stage Two. These results are measured against the reading attainment of children nationally. Attainment in phonics is measured by the Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1.

However, we firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments. We give all children the opportunity to enter the magical worlds that books open up to them. We promote reading for pleasure as part of our reading curriculum. Children are encouraged to develop their own love of genres and authors and to share this with peers and adults. This enhances a deep love of literature across a range of genres, cultures and styles.


Statement of Intent

We believe that all children can learn to write for a range of purposes and audiences. Children are given opportunities to write in all subject areas and are encouraged to develop their own writing styles. Our writing curriculum is underpinned by the use of quality texts, which are used to introduce new grammar content and to explore different writing styles. Throughout their time at Scole CE VC Primary School, children will be exposed to a variety of texts and authors, helping them to recognise and appreciate different genres of writing. Using texts as the basis for our writing curriculum helps to reinforce our reading curriculum.

Statement of Implementation

Writing opportunities are structured in order to enable children to learn new skills and build on existing skills as they progress through the school. Texts have been chosen for each class that will offer a range of writing opportunities.

Following the National Curriculum for English, teachers decide on a writing outcome for each text and then look at the skills that will be required to produce the final piece of writing. English lessons are structured to introduce the necessary vocabulary, grammar and punctuation that children will need for each piece of writing. Opportunities are given for practice and consolidation of skills before they are used in longer writing sessions.

Writing opportunities are provided in other subjects in order that children can see how their writing skills can be transferred to different areas.

See the attached document for details of texts that are currently used across each class.

Statement of Impact

Attainment in writing is assessed by teachers against the National Curriculum for each phase (key stage one, lower key stage two, upper key stage two). Attainment in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling is measured using the end of Key Stage Two statutory assessments and compared with schools nationally.


Across key Stage 2, spelling is taught using the Non Nonsense Spelling scheme. This is aligned to the requirements of the National Curriculum. In Year A, the spelling rules for year 3 are taught in Class 3 and the rules for year 5 are taught in Class 4. In Year B, the rules for years 4 and 6 are taught.

See the attached documents for details of the spelling rules taught in each class and for the statutory spellings for lower and upper key stage two.


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