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English at Tudor

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We celebrated World Book Day this year again!

Here are a few highlights.

Once you learn to read you will be forever free.

Frederick Douglass.

At Tudor Church of England Primary School our aim is to ensure children succeed in English through providing an exciting curriculum and developing a love of speaking and listening, reading and writing.

We understand the huge importance of reading as the key to success and we carefully select books from across a wide range of books from our own literary heritage and from other cultures and traditions. Our English lessons explore texts thoroughly and allow children to become immersed in the world of books which link to our wider curriculum. Reading to our children as well as with them, is something we are passionate about.

We encourage our children to be confident speakers and careful listeners in a nurturing environment where they speak for a variety of reasons and situations so that they can express their ideas and feelings and communicate to different audiences for different purposes.

We follow a ‘Take one Book’ approach to our learning and creatively use texts to write in different genres, encouraging children to think about the purpose, audience and type of text they are writing.

We will use the resources in our local area such as the library and the theatre to visit and perform at. We will have visitors to school from the library and the high schools to ensure children have access to the arts. We will use our writing skills to reach out to our community and have real life opportunities to write.


We follow the National Curriculum for English.

Reading is integral to our English lessons and we have dedicated lessons for reading as well as writing to specifically teach the skills of reading. Writing includes spelling and punctuation and grammar.

We follow Little Wandle phonics programme in EYFS and in KS1.

We use the ‘Take one Book’ approach and allow our children the time to become immersed in a book and text type.

In EYFS and KS1, children read books that match the phonic phase they are working on in phonically decodable books. In KS2, we use paired reading daily for fluency and whole class reading of the same text, led by the teacher to deepen understanding in reading. Additionally, we use standardised assessments half termly to check progress.

We use the award winning Reading Gladiators programme in both years 4 and 6 which introduces our more able readers to a wider range of authors and genres and develops debating and presentation skills as well as hand-selected high quality texts from the Just Imagine Centre.

Our school takes part in World Book Day and encourages the children to use the day to expand their vocabulary by having a ‘dress as a word’ theme.

We expect that reading is encouraged and practiced both at home as well as in school. Reading for Pleasure is encouraged through children taking home a book of their choice from the library and having access to classroom libraries all the time. 

We encourage and develop our children’s speaking and listening in drama opportunities, including a LKS2 play, performed in a real theatre


The impact of our English Curriculum is evidenced in children’s work both in books and on the classroom and corridor walls and by talking to the children.

School staff make constant daily assessments of children through use of whiteboards, verbal feedback and marking of books and other work.

In year 1, phonics checks are made regularly in advance of the Year 1 national phonics check.

In KS2, formal assessments in reading and SPAG are made termly using standardised test materials. In year 2 and 6, SATs reading papers are used throughout the school year to ensure children are making progress on standardised scores.

The school uses Target Tracker as an ongoing assessment tool to assess learning objectives throughout the year. Pupil progress meetings are held termly with SLT to discuss the progress of individual children.

The English subject lead with SLT takes in books throughout the school year for book scrutiny, often carried out alongside governors. Lesson observations are made by SLT throughout the year as well as learning walks.

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