English at Woodseaves

At Woodseaves Primary School we want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of English, and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their potential. We firmly believe that the recipe for success is high quality first-wave teaching in English, which is central to the life of our happy, caring school.

Intent – What we are trying to achieve?

Our principal aim is that children leave our school with a wide range of happy and rich memories in English formed through interesting and exciting experiences which may be linked where possible to the vehicles that enhance a child’s awareness of their own abilities and strengths as a learner; thus ensuring that children see learning in English as an ongoing process not a one-off event.

  • Children will meet the National Curriculum expectations in English, which will be taught by highly-qualified enthusiastic staff who will support children to develop mastery of concepts and inspire enthusiasm and interest in the subject.

  • Opportunities will exist for children of all ages to experience learning beyond the classroom.  This will allow them to enrich their knowledge in English for example, visiting a local library or welcoming in an author to work with the children.

  • In English, children will develop the skills to read, write, speak and listen.

  • Children will develop a real understanding and appreciation of the world learning from the best that has been developed and said, increasing their cultural capital.  For example, children will be immersed in real texts and will read literature from a wide range of well-known authors and new up and coming authors. By reading a wide range of genres such as historical fiction, classic fiction, traditional tales, poetry, myths and legends they will be presented with high quality texts as a model their writing.

Implementation – How do we translate our vision into practice?

English is taught individually but plays a key role in the achievement of the learning aims in other subjects.

  • High quality teaching responds to the needs of children. Spiral learning is a key focus of all formative and summative assessment with teachers actively marking work in lessons in order to identify and address misconceptions early

  • Read like a writer, write like a reader ethos is applied to the teaching of English with a clear focus on the purpose and impact of writing.

  • Use of high quality texts to teach the English domains and scaffold children’s access to learning.

  • A clear and consistent approach through analysis of high quality texts (using reading domains), purposeful practice of punctuation and grammar, shared writing and independent practice including editing to develop children’s understanding of the purpose and impact of writing.

Impact – What is the impact of our curriculum on the students?

Children are happy and enthusiastic learners within English. They experience a wide-ranging number of learning challenges in English and know appropriate responses to them.

  • Children will achieve well in English, and talk enthusiastically about their learning and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education.

  • Children are confident, resilient and actively engaged in the wider society.

  • Fundamental British Values are evident in English and children understand how English can celebrate difference.

  • Through wider reading in English, children will develop a love for reading, expanding their minds and curiosity of the world in which we live. Through this exposure, children will produce work that is influenced by the best.

  • Children will develop excellent phonic knowledge and skills.

  • Children will develop an extensive and rich vocabulary.

  • Children will learn the skills to gain an excellent comprehension of texts.

  • Children will develop a love of reading and the motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.

  • Children will develop an extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.

Implementation- How do we do it?

In EYFS and Year One children develop their knowledge and understanding of phonics through small group teaching using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds. This is supported through reading books matched to children’s phonological stage which are phonetically decodable. Children in Year Two, who are able to decode texts, move onto our reading scheme which is staged to ensure progression. We also develop a love of reading through supporting children in reading for pleasure using our in class libraries which are updated termly as well as through our weekly ‘bedtime read’ bag which is sent home with one child from Reception and one child from Class One, with treats and a book to share at home.

In KS2 children further develop their comprehension skills through whole class reading and reading as writers. We use a range of ‘real’ high quality texts, and where appropriate, use these texts to support the teaching of writing. Reading skills are taught through the reading domains and form the basis of our sequential teaching and learning.


At Woodseaves, we teach writing through writing like readers, we analyse high quality texts and adapt the skills and techniques that successful authors use for our own writing.


Spellings are taught alongside phonics in Reception and Year One. Our Year 2 and Key Stage Two pupils have regular spelling teaching using National Curriculum spellings.

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