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Newton Primary School

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English is a central part of the whole school curriculum and vital to the learning process. Our aim is to enable pupils to develop their ability to understand language and use it with confidence. The National Curriculum divides the study of English into five main areas.


Speaking and Listening

Children are encouraged to develop their auditory and oral skills by listening to others and expressing their opinions; by reflecting upon and describing events, feelings, places and situations (real or imaginary). These skills will be developed through discussions, games, songs, rhymes, poetry, stories, drama and play. There will be opportunities for children to present and share their work with the whole school community.



We aim to give children a love and respect of books and with your support encourage them to develop the habit of reading. Early readers are encouraged to select books to take home and ‘share’ with members of their family.

We teach children to read from a variety of structured schemes enabling them to develop the ability to read, understand and respond to different types of text. Our aim is for all children to become confident, independent readers.

In addition to well stocked class libraries we have an extensive central school library where a wide selection of books is available to all children for their enjoyment and research. As long as books are looked after and returned they can be taken home.

Our phonics scheme of work is the TES phonics programme.

Our reading scheme of work is the Oxford Reading Tree.


Writing, Presentation and Spelling

Children have frequent opportunities to write in different contexts and for a variety of purposes and audiences. Examples of the kinds of writing undertaken include: stories, news, captions, labels, diaries, invitations, letters, poems, records and a range of personal creative writing. We teach the children the structures of writing and encourage them to redraft their own work.

Pupils are taught the skills of handwriting in order for them to develop a fluent legible style. They will also have regular access to computer keyboards for word processing. As they become familiar with the conventions of writing, pupils are introduced to the most common spelling patterns. They are taught to spell words for themselves, to use dictionaries and thesauruses. The importance of correct grammar and punctuation is emphasised in individual discussion, group and class teaching. Attention is paid to the quality and presentation of all written work.

English Programme of Study