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


Phonics at croft is implemented through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics scheme.

Lessons are taught daily from Reception to Year 2 and are consistent across the school. Lessons follow the same structure of revisit/review, teach, practise/apply and revise. Staff use the same vocabulary, resources and teaching mantras consistently. There are key expectations for each year group and interventions are put in place for those children that fall behind or the lowest 20%. Reading books are matched carefully to each child’s phonics phase. We use a variety of publishers which have been purchased in line with letters and sounds.  –

‘The core reading scheme we use in school is Rising Stars Rocket Phonics supplemented by Phonics Bug, Alpha Blocks and Dandelion Readers and Floppy Phonics.

Ideally parents should have reading session everyday with their children at home.

Please see our Phonics Teaching and Learning Policy for full details.


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

The Subject Leader for Writing and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling is Mrs Gemma McManus and the Subject Leader for Phonics and Reading is Miss Nicola Bleasby.

Please see our English Policy for full details.

Please click here for our English Policy 2018