Subject Lead: Mrs Brown, Mrs Goodstadt, Mrs Lear

Link Governor: Ms Linnell

To teach pupils to write and speak fluently so they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on
what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

Core Learning:
Writing Transcription:
• To present neatly
• To spell correctly
• To punctuate accurately
• To write with purpose
• To use imaginative description
• To organise writing appropriately
• To use paragraphs
• To use sentences appropriately
Analysis and presentation:
• To analyse writing
• To present writing
Characteristics of a Writer:
• The ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.
• A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.
• A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.
• Well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
• Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.
• A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.

Core Learning:
• To read words accurately
• To understand texts
Characteristics of a Reader:
• Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
• Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
• Knowledge of and extensive and rich vocabulary.
• An excellent comprehension of texts.


Reading and Phonics

At Hassell Primary School we believe that learning to read is a key skill that creates great enjoyment and enables our children to become independent life long learners.  We use a variety of teaching and learning strategies to enable the children at our school to become fluent and enthusiastic readers.


From Nursery, the children are surrounded by books. Stories are read with the children and they have lots of opportunities to respond imaginatively and creatively to these stories.   Phonics teaching begins with the children developing their listening skills and joining in with lots of rhymes, clapping and singing games.  These important activities help the children begin to recognise and discriminate between sounds. 


In Reception, phonics teaching is continued and the Jolly Phonics scheme of work is used to introduce the new sounds.  Children have daily phonics sessions in small groups where they learn and practise different sounds based on their development needs.  The reading of key words is also taught and practised daily.  The teaching of phonics continues into Years 1 and 2.  Phonics sessions are taught daily for 20 minutes focussing on both reading and writing skills.  The children also have other opportunities during the school day to practise and develop their phonics skills.


Phonics teaching enables our children to develop early reading skills by enabling them to decode words.  We also place a strong emphasis on reading for understanding and developing comprehension skills during whole class and guided reading sessions.


At Hassell Primary School we use a variety of reading schemes to develop both the children’s decoding and comprehension skills. We use the Phonics Bug Club decodable books scheme, Bug Club, Storyworlds and Big Cat readers.  These books cover a wide range of interests and are a mix of fiction and non-fiction texts.  The books are organised into levels and allow for progression from decodable early reading books to challenging Key Stage 2 texts.


Please click on the links below to learn more:


Glossary of terminology used in English lessons.pdf

Vocabulary grammar and punctuation information booklet years 1 to 6.pdf