At Christ Church Primary School we believe that the skills in English: reading, writing and speaking and listening; provide the foundations for pupils’ achievement throughout the whole curriculum and all other areas of learning for now and the future.

English is a core subject of the National Curriculum, with reading, writing and speaking and listening being taught and practised in a range of situations and across all subjects. Through a range of situations, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. All the skills of the language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

The main aim for English at Christ Church Primary School is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

The teaching and learning of English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read, write and communicate orally with confidence, fluency and understanding
  • Have an interest in books and literature; whilst practising reading for enjoyment
  • Develop and foster a love of words, phrases and sayings, develop their meanings; and use a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms
  • Discuss reading and writing comprehensively: expressing opinions; explaining techniques and justifying preferences; about a wide range of literature, using appropriate vocabulary
  • Understand a range of text types and genres; develop knowledge to appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Write using a variety of styles and forms

Speaking and Listening.

In Speaking and Listening, children will become active listeners who develop their visualisation skills, subsequently enhancing their imagination and in turn, supporting their reading and writing skills. Children will enjoy recalling, questioning and exploring information and will be able to communicate their ideas and thoughts clearly, developing an awareness of their audience in order to interject when appropriate and maintain eye contact and positive body language


Literacy is at the heart of our learning and teaching and essential to every area of the curriculum. It is through literacy that concepts are formed and we are able to make sense of the world and our place in it.

Children are taught to read in a variety of ways. Each week children read individually and in groups; they are also given regular opportunities to share a book with others. Teachers read a huge variety of written material regularly with the children, fiction and non-fiction, stories, reports, diaries, poems etc. We place a strong emphasis on phonics (letter sounds) in the early years of learning to read because we believe this is a valuable strategy which supports children to lay the foundations for successful reading. We have a home-school reading system which requests that parents read with their children for about ten minutes each day.  We use a variety of reading schemes tailored to the needs of the child such as Oxford Reading Tree, Songbirds and Rigby Star.

We aim to inspire children to enjoy reading, to choose to read for pleasure and to become lifelong readers.


At Christchurch we believe that children develop as writers through having a sense of audience and purpose. The children will be immersed in the text through visualisation, role play, discussion, etc.

The children will cover a range of different types of writing from instructions to story writing. As a result of experiencing a range of texts and genres, children will develop an awareness of the author’s intentions; this will underpin their ability to write for effect with an awareness of the reader.

Our aim is that children will become confident, able, independent writers who enjoy and understand the structure, purpose and forms of writing and can apply these skills to adapt their writing to different audiences.  Children will be able to express themselves in a variety of different ways using their knowledge of Standard English, Spelling Punctuation and Grammar and clear handwriting, to allow their ideas to be recorded successfully and their writing to flow.

Phonics Screening Test

During the summer term in Year 1, children nationwide are tested on their phonic knowledge. This test helps us to identify children who have gaps in their phonic knowledge and may need support in Year 2 to develop reading and writing skills. The test is very low-key and the children are not aware that they are being tested. Parents are informed as to whether their child has achieved the national expectation within the child’s end-of-year report. Additional tuition in phonics will be given to those children who did not achieve a pass during Year 2 and they will be tested again in the summer term.

English Curriculum programmes of study.


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