An Overview of English


Children in Foundation and Key Stage One follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. The books provide a variety of Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry texts for the children to enjoy. These books are colour banded and every term we assess the children’s reading skills through PGM benchmarking scheme. The appropriate colour banded books are sent home as home reading books and used as part of guided reading to help develop reading skills in class.  In Key Stage 2, readers develop independence by moving from the Oxford Reading Scheme books to free library choice.  A greater emphasis is placed on reading comprehension skills, such as inference, prediction, deduction and information retrieval. Regular guided reading sessions are implemented into weekly lessons to improve reading and comprehension skills further.


At St Joseph The Worker we follow the ‘Power Of Reading’ Scheme, using quality based texts over a half term and creating lots of opportunities to produce many different pieces of writing within one unit. We also use this text to map out ideas into our topic work across the curriculum. Many classes will give home school projects linked to the text they are studying.


The teaching of phonics is taught through ‘Letters and Sounds’ from nursery to year 2. (for some key stage 2 classes were needed) Daily 30 minute lessons take place in key stage 1 and 20 minutes in early years. Half termly assessments take place which inform phonic groups in early years and in key stage 1.


The teaching of handwriting is taught through ‘Letter-join’ which is an online handwriting resource.  This is taught from nursery to year 6.

Pupils are encouraged to develop fluent lines of correctly orientated letters from an early age and emergent writing is encouraged. Letter formation and handwriting is taught and modelled using a range of resources. Pen licenses are given to children in key stage 2 who display a consistent fluent joined handwriting style.

If you would like to find out anything further about these schemes please find below some websites which will give you more information.

Core Text Displays

Pictures of our English displays linked to the reading books we have studied