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English is given a high priority at Eardisley CE Primary School. We have daily English lessons as well as additional regular opportunities for speaking and listening, reading, writing and researching across the curriculum. We follow the Bug Club programme for the teaching of phonics, which gives children an essential framework to help them to read and write. Alongside this, teachers plan extended English work for children based around a quality children’s text.

Speaking and Listening

We put great emphasis on the acquisition of language skills by providing ample opportunities for meaningful speaking and listening, and the development of vocabulary, both within and beyond our English lessons.


Reading forms the core of our curriculum. All children read and are read to so that they develop a love of reading. Books that are read to children are often selected by teachers with the knowledge of how they link to other areas of the curriculum. The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority and is taught using the Bug Club programme daily in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting and spelling skills. Key Stage 1 and 2 classes study a high-quality class texts each term.

We recognise that parents are very keen to support their children in this important area of the curriculum. All pupils are given an Eardisley CE Primary School book bag and a reading diary, and are given high quality reading books to take home and share. We strive to give our children a wide range of reading opportunities and children learn to read using Bug Club books and e-books. Once children have acquired fluency and mastery in phonics and become fluent readers they progress to banded books and then ‘free readers’.

The reading diaries contain some excellent suggestions for how to help your child read at home. All classes have an age-appropriate reading area within their classroom encouraging the enjoyment of reading. All children also have access to our well-resourced school library, where they can choose and borrow their favourite books and books of interest to share at home.

Writing From the earliest age, our children are encouraged to write as they learn their phonics, learning how to form letters correctly and how to use sounds to make up words. This inspires confidence and prepares them for the handwriting and spelling rules that are taught progressively as the children move through the school. Children are taught to write in a range of styles and for different audiences.

Please see the attached documents to find out much more about one of our very favourite subjects!