The Weatheralls Primary School


In English pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. The study of English helps pupils understand how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Using this knowledge, pupils can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations.

Please use the following link to access the National Curriculum's English programme of study:


 How can I help my child?

  • Take time to talk with your child. Use real situations to develop discussions, to encourage imagination and to share experiences.
  • Introduce new language to your children. How many words can you think of that mean the same as small?
  • Share nursery rhymes and songs.
  • Read with, and to your child as much as you can. Your child is never too old for you to read them a story. This will help your child develop a real love of reading.
  • Discuss the books you read with your child to find out what your child has understood.
  • Read books more than once.
  • Don’t ever say that a book is too easy for your child.
  • Encourage your child to write a diary, shopping lists, comic-strip stories, thank you letters, write labels and messages.


We strive to give children a strong foundation and to develop a lifelong love of reading.

Reading allows children to both acquire knowledge and to build on that they already know. As children develop their skills they are able to read both for pleasure and for information. Children are supported in developing their reading skills through the explicit teaching of phonics as well as other reading strategies.

Phonics is taught daily in Reception and Key Stage 1. We use 'Letters and Sounds' as a basis for our teaching and this is supplemented with the use of Jolly Phonics actions to support learning. Children in Year 1 take part in the Phonics Screening Check during the Summer term. Children who require further support will undertake the screening check again in Year 2.

At The Weatheralls we use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and within the scheme the books are organised according to the colour banding system, ranging from Pink Level 1 to Burgundy Level 30. The banding structure is designed to ensure that each child has a book that they can read successfully, build confidence with and make progress. Children are supported in developing their reading skills through the use of high quality fiction and non-fiction texts, covering a wide range of genres.


Talk for writing

Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language they need for a piece of writing orally before they try reading, analysing and rewriting it. It underpins the idea that if we are unable to say it, then we are unable to write it. We, at The Weatheralls, are extremely thrilled to be continuing to use this approach to help raise standards and enjoyment in writing.  You may like to refer to the poster which shows the fundamental actions that support children in orally retelling a story.  You can find out more information about Talk for Writing here at:


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