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Our English leader in school is Miss Turner rturner@woodthorpe.derbyshire.sch.uk


We use English to communicate in both written and spoken form. We use language to build our view and opinion of the world and our community. We continue to learn, develop and enhance our knowledge and understanding of English throughout our lives. English is taught daily with work appropriately differentiated to match all abilities.

With parental support, we want our children to:

  • speak clearly and confidently in any situation
  • listen actively and respond appropriately, developing knowledge and opinion
    read fluently for both pleasure and information
  • write clearly and with confidence in any given genre
  • use spelling rules, phonics and grammar accurately
  • be able to proof-read their own work and make amendments and improvements
  • understand what they need to do to move their learning forward


Most importantly, we aim to nurture in the children a love of literature and language, and the confidence to continue reading and writing throughout their lives.


In the Foundation Stage, English is taught in many different ways.  The teaching of reading and writing is developed alongside the great emphasis we place upon spoken language. We combine elements of more than one approach to the teaching of phonics and the acquisition of sight vocabulary. Reading is supported by a range of books from which children make their own choices and a scheme which gives the children a breadth of experience.


In KS1 and KS2 we continue to extend children’s ability to recognise words by sight, teach use of phonic skills daily and encourage children to build upon early experiences and gain self-confidence as writers. Spellings linked to phonics and topics studied are set weekly.  Children learn to identify different genres and read, discuss and write to put their knowledge into practice.  We use a variety of activities to develop reading skills with both fiction and non-fiction texts.  Although reading permeates all areas of the curriculum, daily guided reading sessions are undertaken using the reciprocal reading programme.  Discussions take place where children talk and write to demonstrate their comprehension of studied material and share their opinions and knowledge.


Technology regularly features in Literacy lessons and Literacy skills impact upon our Creative Curriculum in the form of interactive whiteboards, laptops, tablets and cameras. Through drama, assembly performances, debates, powerpoint presentations and hot-seating, children develop their oral skills.


Should children need extra support with their reading and writing, they are supported by a number of different interventions. Pupils also enjoy support from parents and governors who give time to come into classes as well as supporting their children at home.