At Prendergast Primary School, English (Y1-Y6) and Literacy (Y0) learning is fun, multisensory and creative, so pupils don’t just learn how to read and write effectively; they develop the desire and motivation to communicate and express themselves in a range of exciting ways. 


We teach through a ‘core book’ approach, supported by planning sequences from the Literary Curriculum. The range of books that children encounter represent authors, stories and ideas from a broad range of cultures and across many genres. Pupils broaden their tastes and develop their skills by getting to know poetry, fact books, biographies, narratives, TV adverts, play scripts and more.  

Each half term, pupils become immersed in two different core books, which inspire a broad range of speaking, reading and writing outcomes. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught in the context of the core book so pupils have plenty of opportunities to practise and apply what they learn in meaningful ways. All National Curriculum requirements are embedded, making the grammar purposeful and there are always a mixture of shorter, longer and extended writing outcomes where the audience and purpose is clear and exciting for children. 

From Reception, exploring the structure, settings and characters of books; to Key Stage two, refining the purpose, audience and coherence of English language and literature; pupils hone their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills in a sequential and purposeful manner, throughout their primary years.  

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Word reading is taught initially through Phonics then through the exploration of spelling rules and etymology. Pupils take home reading books on a regular basis, which match their phonics and/or reading development. (See Phonics page for further details). 

Reading comprehension and fluency is developed through daily Whole Class reading sessions, underpinned by the Literary Leaves reading resources. In addition to their two core books each half term, pupils focus on one class reading book, which all children get to know through individual, shared and choral reading, alongside a range of interactive activities. Activities cover a range of reading content and children become confident in identifying, applying and combining reading skills, such as: inference, prediction, summarising, retrieval, defining, relating and exploring. 

The progression of skills and knowledge may vary from cohort to cohort, as the  strengths and needs of the pupils requires; to view how learning progresses from Y0-Y6, please view our Progression Tables.