English at Lark Hill

English underpins our whole curriculum. English units are linked to class topics in order to enhance topic learning and provide an engaging and purposeful context for reading and writing.


Literacy skills are initially taught through the 'Read Write Inc' programme. Read Write Inc is a nationally acclaimed programme that uses a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. The programme is delivered daily from nursery up to Year 2, and beyond where there is a specific need. Sessions are completed in small groups to allow staff to give each individual child a high level of support and challenge.


In Key Stage One and Two, every class has a daily English lesson where key skills are taught in transcription, composition, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and handwriting. In addition to books and short stories, we use concrete experiences, drama, films, graphic novels, comic strips, extracts from TV and music videos to inspire high-quality writing. Key Stage Two children are also taught spellings in three, ½ hour lessons a week.  As part of their homework, children receive weekly spelling lists which they must practice at home for a test the following week. 


Reading skills are taught and developed through phonics, guided and whole class reading, comprehension and shared reading. We want our pupils to grow into confident and inquisitive readers who willingly read for pleasure. Reading has an impact not just in English but across the entire curriculum. Children who regularly read are more successful learners across a wide range of subjects in school. Pupils in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 complete whole class reading lessons, which follows the reciprocal reading format where children predict, clarify, question and summarise a text. Children are excepted to read 5 times a week as part of their weekly homework. Whole school reading strategies, such as our 'Reading Cups' are used to encourage and reward reading both inside and outside of the classroom.

The Primary National Curriculum - English

Lark Hill Intent Document for English

Phonics and Reading Schemes

At Lark Hill Community Primary School, children use key skills to help them work out what new words say when they learn to read.   This is often called decoding.  Working out what words mean is like cracking the code to reading. Phonics and learning sight words are key skills for decoding.  At Lark Hill we  use the 'Read, Write, Inc' phonics scheme, and a variety of reading schemes to support the teaching of reading.

Reading at Home - Reception Parents