English – How is it taught at Barrow Hall Primary School?

Statutory Requirements

Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of English are laid out per year group in the National Curriculum English Document (2014) and in the Communication and Language and Literacy sections of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2013). Year 2 and Year 6 will follow the National Curriculum Pre-2014.

English is a core subject in the National Curriculum. All learning takes place through the use of language which gives English a special place within Barrow Hall’s curriculum, we firmly believe that it is during a child’s primary education that the foundation of all aspects of English are laid. This makes English the most important aspect of our curriculum.

The teaching of English embraces all aspects of language, both spoken and written. In the literate society in which we live an ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in the written word, and to read a wide range of different types of text, is essential if children are to achieve their full potential throughout their school days and on into adult life.

Early English skills are taught as soon as the children start Barrow Hall School – speaking, listening, communicating with each other, phonics, reading and writing. These skills develop as children move into KS1 and further still into KS2. Guided Reading, opportunities for discussions in small groups and within whole class, writing for a purpose and reading for pleasure are all taught and enjoyed at Barrow Hall.

Phonics Teaching

In Foundation Stage and in Year 1 the children learn phonics using the scheme, Letters and Sounds. At the end of Year 1 the Phonic Screening check is carried. From Year 2 to Year 6 selected children who need extra support with Phonics, access the Read, Write Inc scheme in smaller groups led by Teaching Assistants to enable them to fill in gaps in their learning.

To support children in their English skills you might find the following documents useful;


The National Curriculum pre-2014 for years 2 and 6

The New National Curriculum for KS1 and years 3,4,5

Reading Workshops for Parents notes:

The main focus for her workshops was to try and explain the Simple View of Reading – decoding words, using phonics to read the words and also the Understanding/Comprehension of what the children have read. There is often the assumption that if a child can read the words in their reading book, that they can read. However, does he or she understand what they have read?, do they know what key vocabulary means? etc. In order to help parents with this part of learning to read, please take a look at the link to some questions below. Select some questions to ask your child when you next hear him or her read and check their understanding.

Reading Questions for Parents

Reading For Pleasure

The school has been working very hard to promote “Reading for Pleasure” and it has been a wonderful to see the children enjoying their reading. Year 6 children regularly read at lunchtimes with Reception children, new reading areas have developed and grown throughout school and staff and children talk together about the books they are reading. World Book Day is a great opportunity for the children, throughout school to share their love of stories. Not only do the children dress as their favourite characters from stories, but they bring books into school to swap with other child, they read their own favourite books with younger children and a whole school story sessions take place with within departments across the school. We encourage adults from all our school community to be involved. Our “Reading March” takes place this year with a Book fair, Readathon and classes taking part in the Great Book off challenge.