At Raddlebarn Primary School, the foundations for teaching English are begun in the Early Years Foundation Stage, with the development of a high quality programme planned within Communication, Language and Literacy.

The teaching of English at KS1 and 2 is underpinned by the expectations and programme of study set out by the DfE’s National Curriculum (2014): we aim for all pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. We believe that all the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

At Raddlebarn, we promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and aim to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Please see our Raddlebarn’s English policy for more information.

English Events

Throughout the year, to raise the profile and celebrate English, Raddlebarn holds a number of reading and writing events. Examples of these fantastic events are:

  • Key Stage 1 Bed Time Stories
  • Key Stage 2 Reading around the Campfire
  • Roving Book Fair
  • World Book Day
  • Impact Workshops
  • Author visits
  • Visits to the local library for all year groups (Touch Base Pears or Stirchley Library)
  • Birmingham Book Fest trip for a KS2 year group

Reading at home

Each week, we ask parents and carers to read with their child at home and fill in the child’s reading record. They should be bringing home one home reader book and one book from the class library. In addition, children have access to a range of ebooks on Bug Club (see homework page for more information).

Click on the links to find out more about how to support your child with reading at home:

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At Raddlebarn. reading lessons are planned and delivered using the National Curriculum. Whilst we do not follow a specific reading scheme, home reading books (in KS1 and KS2) consist of the following reading scheme books: Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat and Bug Club Phonics. Rigby Star and Rigby Navigator books may also be used to supplement the curriculum where appropriate.

In addition, in EYFS/KS1, ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics is used during daily phonics lessons.