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The teaching of English at Phillimore Community Primary is based on the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage and on the New National Curriculum for England’s Programmes of Study for Year 1 to Year 6.


Spoken Language

  • Talk Partners are used to give children the opportunity to rehearse and develop their thinking; all children are aware of WILF (What I’m Looking For) when speaking and listening to their Talk Partner

  • Drama opportunities are used regularly to develop children’s understanding and perspective through an immersive experience

  • Language Structures are displayed and used to scaffold all planned for talking opportunities from FS1 to Y6


  • Children are given the opportunity to engage in independent reading for pleasure.

  • Children are read to by an adult every day and have access to a variety of texts and authors.

  • Daily shared and modelled reading exemplifies fluent and expressive reading and the use of effective reading strategies and also encourages responses to the texts

  • Throughout the whole school daily reading sessions consist of either Book study or shared reading.

  • Provision for KS1 children (and for those KS2 children for whom this is relevant) also includes individual reading

  • Assessments will be completed half termly and if a child is not yet free reading they will be benchmarked to support assessment judgements

  • Good quality texts are used to support learning across the curriculum

  • All classrooms have an engaging reading area that includes a selection of texts by the class book author and/or by the author of texts used in the English curriculum. As well as a reading area, children are offered a range of reading opportunities linked into all areas of learning.

  • The English Leaders organises events to promote Reading for Pleasure, e.g. book fairs, Roald Dahl Day and World Book Day

  • Readmore@Phillimore takes place every Wednesday morning. Parents are invited to share books with their children; those children whose parents are not available access Readmore@Phillimore in their classrooms. In Foundation 1 Readmore@Phillimore takes place every Wednesday morning and afternoon

  • A selection of good quality picture books (including dual language books) is available for parents/carers of FS1 and FS2 children to borrow and share with their child at home


  • Language Structures are displayed when needed and used to scaffold writing opportunities from FS1 – Y6

  • All teachers use an agreed upon sequence for writing

  • All children engage once a fortnight in an independent writing activity

  • Teachers use shared and modelled writing to scaffold pupils’ learning and to support development of their independent writing skills

  • Where possible writing has clear cross-curricular links

  • The children publish their writing and a range of these final pieces are displayed outside each classroom

  • Children have the opportunity to earn a pen/posh pencil licence by consistently using age appropriate handwriting in a variety of learning consistent with the Martin Harvey Handwriting scheme