At St John & St James Primary School, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that through the English curriculum we should help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively, through spoken and written language. We aim to provide a rich and stimulating environment, where speaking and listening, reading and writing are an integral part of everything we do in order to foster a love of reading, writing and drama.

Every day, children take part in a reading session. Children work in groups in a highly structured reading programme led by an adult. Classes also have two daily phonics lessons. We follow the phases of Letters and Sounds and supplement our resources with the Jolly Phonics scheme and other schemes. We use Oxford Reading Tree resources in school to support progression in reading. Children in reception and key stage one will be given a book to take home from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.

Reading at home

Reading with your child can have long-lasting benefit for their future and there a lots of ways you can help your child get more out of reading a story. Reading together for 10 minutes a day can make all the difference. Have a look at the sheets below for ideas about what to do when reading with your child.

KS1 & EYFS parents  
KS2 parents

World Book Day

We’re celebrating World Book Day on Friday 2nd March. Find out more about our World Book Day competition.

In Key Stage 2, children are encouraged to make free choices of books based on their own interests from the class book area. In years 3-6, children follow a structured reading programme that builds on key reading skills every week using a set text. This programme is named ‘ Destination Reader’.

Every class is equipped with a book corner with a range of fiction and non- fiction which children can use for their home reading books as well as our school library.

The rules of grammar are taught as part of a unit of work. Children will also practise their speaking and listening skills as drama activities are included in the units of work.

Spellings and handwriting are taught separately in discrete lessons. We use a cursive script for writing which children are introduced to from reception.

We are very fortunate to have a very well stocked library. All children get to visit the library every other week and the library is open during lunchtime for children to use.

English Curriculum Year 5