English at Woodseaves

At Woodseaves Primary School we want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of English, and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their potential. We firmly believe that the recipe for success is high quality first-wave teaching in English, which is central to the life of our happy, caring school.

Intent – What we are trying to achieve?

Our principal aim is that children leave our school with a wide range of happy and rich memories in English formed through interesting and exciting experiences which may be linked where possible to the vehicles that enhance a child’s awareness of their own abilities and strengths as a learner; thus ensuring that children see learning in English as an ongoing process not a one-off event.

  • Children will meet the National Curriculum expectations in English, which will be taught by highly-qualified enthusiastic staff who will support children to develop mastery of concepts and inspire enthusiasm and interest in the subject.
  • Opportunities will exist for children of all ages to experience learning beyond the classroom.  This will allow them to enrich their knowledge in English for example, visiting a local library or welcoming in an author to work with the children.
  • In English, children will develop the skills to read, write, speak and listen.
  • Children will develop a real understanding and appreciation of the world learning from the best that has been developed and said.  For example, children will be immersed in real texts and will read literature from a wide range of well-known authors and new up and coming authors. By reading a wide range of genres such as historical fiction, classic fiction, traditional tales, poetry, myths and legends they will be presented with high quality texts as a model their writing.Implementation – How do we translate our vision into practice?
    Topics drive learning throughout the term.  Therefore where possible, there are links between English and the topic or science teaching. English is taught individually but plays a key role in the achievement of the learning aims in topic.
  • High quality teaching responds to the needs of children.   Spiral learning is a key focus of all formative and summative assessment with teachers actively marking work in lessons in order to identify misconceptions early.
  • High quality input from experts and educational resources complement the delivery of specialist learning.

Impact – What is the impact of our curriculum on the students?

Children are happy learners within English. They experience a wide-ranging number of learning challenges in English and know appropriate responses to them.

  • Children will achieve well in English, and talk enthusiastically about their learning in English and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education.
  • Children are confident, resilient and actively engaged in the wider society.
  • Fundamental British Values are evident in English and children understand how English can celebrate difference.
  • Through wider reading in English, children will develop a love for reading, expanding their minds and curiosity of the world in which we live. Through this exposure, children will produce work that is influenced by the best.
  • Children will develop excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
  • Children will develop an extensive and rich vocabulary.
  • Children will learn the skills to gain an excellent comprehension of texts.
  • Children will develop a love of reading and the motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
  • Children will develop an extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.

Implementation- How do we do it?


In EYFS and KS1 children develop their knowledge and understanding of phonics through small group teaching using Letters and Sounds. This is supported through reading books matched to children’s phonological stage. We also develop a love of reading through supporting children in reading for pleasure using our in class libraries which are updated termly based on our topic.

In KS2 children further develop their comprehension skills through whole class and group guided reading. We use a range of ‘real’ high quality texts, and where appropriate, use these texts to support the teaching of writing. As a school, we teach comprehension skills explicitly using ‘The Super Six’ for more information on this please take a look at the document below:

The Super Six

Suggested Reading


We use the following process to develop children’s writing skills at Woodseaves:


Spellings are taught alongside phonics in Reception and Year One. Our Year 2, 3 and 4 pupils have daily spelling teaching using RWI Spelling materials. Children in Yrs2-4 can also access extra practice games and activities. For further information please take a look at the parent guide below:

Extra practice zone

Children in Years 5 and 6 continue to develop their knowledge of spelling rules and strategies through regular sessions please take a look at our progression document to see our end of year outcomes.