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Teaching of English



Reading is a key component not only for the English curriculum but for all areas of learning at the school. Reading is taught systematically by using a range of strategies including : 

  • giving children access to books in the class and for reading at home
  • direct phonic learning via Letters and Sounds and other materials
  • sight vocabulary (high frequency words)
  • one to one reading following book banded schemes and phonetically decodable schemes
  • guided reading

Developing a love of reading and the skills to read is at the core of all our learning at Hope Community School. 

The school focuses on 

  • developing reading skills through the teaching of phonics and other skills so children become confident and fluent readers 
  • developing pupils' vocabulary, their skills in understanding a variety of texts ( stories, poems, rhymes, and non fiction texts) 
  • develop a love of reading 

100 Top non fiction books to read 


At Hope Community School, children learn phonics daily throughout Reception and Key stage 1. It is taught in short sessions so that children build up and learn the skills needed for both reading and writing. We use a range of resources which support every type of learner. We sing songs, practise articulating letter sounds and names and create letters using a wide range of materials. We also use a range of games to reinforce the children’s learning. We believe that high quality phonics teaching adds to the skills of early readers. Phonics will also be taught in Key Stage 2 as discrete lessons either individually or as a small group if there is a SEND requirement. These sessions will be planned by the teacher to focus on the specific spelling patterns based on the year group expectation and the individual children’s needs.



From the Reception class onwards children are taught how to write. Writing is taught systematically through a range of strategies including: 

  • early experiences with mark making
  • multi-sensory experiences with letter recognition and formation
  • confidence and support to use their sounds to form words
  • access to visual support materials with familiar/topic vocabulary
  • a wide range of experiential and curricular linked opportunities to create written texts
  • meaningful writing activities


From Reception, we teach clear letter formation in a multi-sensory way in order to develop fine motor skills and aid their kinaesthetic learning.  Handwriting is taught as a stand-alone skill, gradually becoming part of the whole learning to write process.  As part of universal expectations of presentation, children are encouraged to use cursive script when they are ready.

100 Top non fiction books to read 

Help your child enjoy to develop a joy for reading by sharing this list of 100 great non fiction texts with them,  see how many they and you can read. 

Term 3: whole school India project: books to read

  • The Elephants Friend by Marcia Williams  
  • Handful of Rice by Kamala Markandya 
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling 

Term 6:  

  • Year 5 are reading Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Entrepreneurs are reading The Whale and the Snail by Julia Donaldson 


All children will be taught how to develop their spelling skills so they can be confident at writing. 

Word list for children in Year 1

Work list for children in Year 2 

Word list for children in Years 3 and 4

Word list for children in Year 5 and 6

Help your child learn English