At Croft Primary School we recognise the importance of language development of children. We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Opportunities are given to pupil to consolidate and rehearse ‘taught‘ Literacy skills in cross curricular activities.

Speaking and Listening

We aim that children will:

  • Think critically and logically
  • Learn to use the vocabulary and grammar of standard English
  • Adapt their speech to a widening range of purposes and audiences
  • Express and justify their feelings and opinions with increasing clarity and effectiveness and respect the opinions of others
  • Develop skills of oracy giving the children confidence and understanding, equipping them for work and leisure
  • Order thoughts and express them clearly


We aim that children will:

  • Read and write with confidence, fluency, understanding and for enjoyment
  • Have daily experience of group, shared and individual reading. Through the use of Reading Vipers
  • Develop imagination and critical awareness through reading the best examples of traditional and modern literature
  • Have an interest in books and read for enjoyment or to gather information
  • Be able to use a full range of reading strategies e.g. phonics, word recognition, graphic knowledge, picture and context clues and higher order reading skills


We aim that children will:

  • Develop a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms and have an interest in words and their meanings
  • To develop a fluid and well-formed cursive handwriting style
  • Have knowledge of the work of a range of authors, poets and playwrights
  • Write extended pieces of text with the use of writing conferences to support this
  • Produce independent pieces of writing using correct punctuation and sentence construction
  • Have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses
  • Be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness
  • Understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation

Please see our English Policy for full details.

The phonics scheme used in school is Letters and Sounds.

The Core Scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, supplemented by Read Write inc., Phonics Bug, Alpha Blocks and Dandelion Readers.

Ideally parents should share a regular reading session with their children at home.

The Subject Leader for English is Mrs Gemma McManus.

Please click here for our English Policy 2018