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St Mary’s C of E Primary School

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ENGLISH at St Mary’s


Every curriculum area involves the use of English as a means of communication. Consequently, it is our intent that all of our pupils develop the use and understanding of Standard English to the best of their ability in all aspects of speaking, listening, reading and writing, including spelling and handwriting.

English Reading Curriculum Overview

"The more that you read,

the more things you will

know. The more that

you learn, the more places

you'll go!"-Dr Seuss

Reading for Pleasure

Research shows reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s future success. Consequently, at St Mary’s we are working hard to develop a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ culture in our school.

Phonics (EYFS and Key Stage 1)

At St Mary’s, Phonics is taught daily throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1. We use the ‘Little Wandle’ synthetic Phonics programme to ensure a thorough and systematic approach to learning to read and write.

Little Wandle Phonics and early reading policy

Little Wandle Phonics programme progression

Accelerated Reader (Years 3 to 6)

From year 3 the children will move onto the online Accelerated Reader programme.

Key Stage 2

Children are taught the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening through a wide variety of high quality texts including fiction and non-fiction texts.

World Book Day 2022 Ash class

World Book Day 2022 Beech class

English Writing Curriculum Overview