The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

At Little Thurrock our English curriculum immerses children in a literary world which provides meaningful and authentic contexts for writing. Children acquire an authorial style by engaging with significant authors and this has been developed into a cohesive whole-school approach, where sequences of work are provided that often sit under themes which are mapped throughout the school. Children explore a variety of literary texts and experience significant authors as they move through the school. This provides complete coverage of all National Curriculum expectations for writing composition, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary, as well as coverage of spelling, phonics and reading comprehension. All plans lead to purposeful application within a wide variety of written outcomes.

Little Thurrock Primary is a reading school. Reading is valued as an essential life skill not only for lifelong learning but also as a way of developing our pupils culturally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Our reading curriculum reflects the aims of the national curriculum for English. Early reading skills are taught using the Read Write Inc. phonics scheme. The scheme is structured and ambitious as we expect our children to have acquired the necessary phonic skills to decode and read fluently by the end of Year 1. Our reading curriculum is enriched with a spine of quality texts that are read to every pupil in a daily story time session. Reading skills are further taught by carefully planned Guided Reading sessions. The opportunity to practice these skills is encouraged by setting reading homework. Our pupils are encouraged to select their own books for reading at home based on genre and the child’s current interests. This enables us to further develop a pleasure for reading and keep aspirations high. Children are able to change books independently on a daily basis. We aim that our pupils will enter the next phase of their education as confident, fluent readers who can articulate their opinions on books they have read and use reading as an essential learning skill independently.

Within the English curriculum, there are opportunities for children to further enhance their learning by engaging in a variety of cultural experiences. For example, each year group has the opportunity to develop their literary skills and knowledge through a variety of ‘Creative writing through the arts’ and Trailblazer projects. 


How we teach Phonics

The Read Write Inc. programme is for primary school children learning to read. It enables every child to become a confident and fluent reader at the first attempt. Every child who completes Read Write Inc. Learns to read fluently and confidently.

Please click on the links below to learn more about Read Write Inc. and to access resources:

Intro to Read Write Inc. (PDF)
Pink Books and beyond (PDF)
Set 3 Sounds Sheet 1
Set 3 Sounds Sheet 2
Introduction Video Part 1
Introduction Video Part 2