The subject of English at St. Mary’s takes in reading, phonics, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, speaking and listening. Alongside following the National Curriculum and the EYFS Profile, St. Mary’s values the input of parents and carers into helping the children to develop a love of reading and writing. Below you will find our policy documents for the different areas of the subject, our intent for the subject of English, along with some resources to use with your child at home.

English Subject Lead: Miss Hargrove

Phonics Lead: Miss Hargrove

Our intent for English

Writing Statement

At St. Mary’s, our intent is to provide all pupils with the best quality education in English so that all pupils will speak, read and write fluently in order to communicate their ideas and feelings effectively.

From Foundation Stage to Year 6, children at St. Mary’s are provided with many different opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum (as outlined in our Writing Policy). We want our pupils to be engaged and take pride in their writing.  In order for all children to ensure they can achieve their best in writing, we teach them how to plan, revise and evaluate their work. In doing so, pupils will develop an awareness of their audience, the purpose and context of their writing and most importantly, improving their acquisition of vocabulary and grammar of the English language.

Reading Statement

In reading, phonics is emphasised in the teaching of Early Reading, with discreet phonics lessons being taught from Foundation Stage to embed a concrete foundation for reading. We encourage pupils to read widely, across all genres, to develop their knowledge, to establish an appreciation and love of reading and to develop their comprehension skills – across the curriculum. It is our intention that all pupils will be able to read fluently and with confidence and are ready to continue positively with their secondary education.

At St. Mary’s Primary School, reading is fundamental to all children’s learning and progress. From Foundation Stage, children read on levelled books, matching their phonics level. Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, however this is supplemented with other schemes including Rising Stars Reading Planet and Project X.

Phonics lessons are carried out daily from Foundation Stage to Year 2, and in Key Stage 2 as an intervention where certain children have struggled to embed the fundamentals of phonics throughout their time in Key Stage 1. The school follows the KTC Phonics Scheme, which has been embedded throughout the key stages. It is our intention that every child who attends St. Mary’s learns how to read fluently and confidently throughout their time at our school.

Each year, Year 1 pupils take part in the National Phonics Screening Test, where they are expected to reach a benchmark level. All Year 1 parents are provided with a preparation pack and there are meetings with the Year 1 class teacher in order to support children in getting ready for this assessment.

St. Mary’s have also subscribed to Accelerated Reader where all children in the school have access to levelled books in school and online books and reading material at home. This intends to give all children the opportunity to read a wide variety of books using a structured, challenging and progressive approach. All books in school are colour banded and this ensures that appropriate challenge is provided for all children. Children are also encouraged to borrow a book from the school and class libraries. All children are encouraged to read daily both at school and at home and class teachers monitor home reading journals to ensure that reading practice is carried out.


Read hundreds of books online for free at the Oak National Academy Virtual School Library

Virtual School Library | Oak Academy (thenational.academy)

All these websites are free to use for home use at the moment.

Some may require a sign-up and an email address.

Book Trust – 100 Best Books for Children – https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/our-recommendations/100-best-books/

David Walliams – reads a story daily – https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

Julia Donaldson Adaptations – Animated Films based on the much-loved picture books – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/xpYGG9lgXlsny9s2czZnd4/julia-donaldson-adaptations

LCTSA – Home Learning https://www.lctsa.org/Home-Learning/

Twinkl Home-Learning Hub (lots of easy ideas for activities with your children, including online lessons) – https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub

World of David Walliams – free online activities and live readings of his stories daily – https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/activities/

The Teach Company – Online Magazines https://bit.ly/2UxDuRh

Oxford Owl – Home Learning https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/school-closure-resources/?region=uk

Phonics Lessons on YouTube https://bit.ly/3agSrOj

Premier League Primary Stars (English, Maths, Physical Activity, Mental Health and Well-Being) https://plprimarystars.com/news/home-learning-activities-school-closures

Crick Software – Reading and Writing Software for all abilities https://www.cricksoft.com/uk

Puzzle Maker – http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/

The Reading Realm https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/

Phonics Play – https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Free Children’s Classics to Download (Word, PDF and Audio) https://www.researchify.co.uk/audiobooks.html

Free eBooks – https://www.gutenberg.org/

The British Library Make a Miniature Book – https://www.bl.uk/childrens-books/activities/make-a-miniature-book#

Audible (free while schools are closed)  https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Open Library – free downloadable books and information – possible to browse by subject (Parents can take advantage too!) – https://openlibrary.org/

Kids Poems and Stories with Michael Rosen- https://www.youtube.com/user/artificedesign/videos

Cambridge University Press – Free Textbooks https://www.cambridge.org/core/what-we-publish/textbooks

Reading Aloud https://bit.ly/3bpXVX4

English Long Term Plan 2020-21

Whole School English Long Term Plan

Phonics Long Term Plan 2020-21

Phonics Long Term Plan 2020-21

Reading at Home

Parent Booklet – Hints and tips related to the Reciprocal Reading model we use in school

Reading with Your Child Booklet

Parents Reading Workshop

English Policy

English Policy

Reading Policy

Reading Policy

End of Year Expectations

Please find a list of National Curriculum expectations for children in each year group.

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