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 ways and across all subjects. Through a range of situations, pupils have the  opportunity to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

At Christ Church we promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and by developing their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

We aim 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; explore their meanings and use a growing vocabulary in both spoken and written forms
  • Discuss reading and writing comprehensively: expressing opinions; explaining techniques and justifying preferences; referencing a wide range of literature and 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

We aim that our children will become excellent and 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.

We achieve this by ensuring children have opportunities to use language appropriately and explore the rich wealth of vocabulary provided through role-play, story telling, poetry and good quality literature.

We encourage parents to read to their children daily. We know that in order for children to develop their vocabulary, they need to have access to high quality texts which are read to them, discussed and promote extensive vocabulary and understanding of texts.


Reading 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.

We have a well-stocked library in school which supports our desire to ensure that our children develop a passion for reading. Our children, and their families, are encouraged to use this regularly and the classes visit at least once a week to listen to stories and change books.

Children are taught to read using a number of different strategies. Each week children read individually and in groups; they are also given regular opportunities to share a book with others. Teachers read a variety of texts daily with each class; fiction and non-fiction, stories, reports, diaries, poems etc.

We place a strong emphasis on phonics (letter sounds) in the early stages of learning to read  but we are mindful that developing a love and passion for reading and a literate environment are essential factors to support reading.

We have a home-school reading system which recommends that parents read with their children for every day. We encourage parents to read to their children, in addition to hearing them read, and this is important beyond the free-reading stage. We use a variety of reading schemes tailored to the needs of each child such as Big Cat, Songbirds and Rigby Star. We also support these with “real ” books which the children love to read.

We teach using “The Power of Reading”, a resource developed by CLPE to ensure children have access to high quality literature and texts.

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  develop an awareness of the author’s intentions; this  underpins 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.

We use “Talk For Writing” to ensure that our children rehearse and compose their ideas before writing them down.

Phonics Screening Test

During the summer term in Year 1, children nationwide are tested on their phonic knowledge. This test helps to identify children who have gaps in their phonic knowledge and may need further support in Year 2 .

We ensure that the test is carried out by the class teacher and in many cases the children are not aware that they are being tested. Parents are informed as to whether their child has achieved the national expectation, or not, at the end of the year.

English Curriculum programmes of study.