Home Page
Home Page


English is a core subject in the National Curriculum. At Hawley Primary School we follow the programmes of study set out in the 2014 curriculum, which we have developed into our own long term planning.


We believe that the skills encompassed in English are vital for underpinning every area of the school curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the development of spoken and written English, with the teaching of reading as a major priority from the earliest years. The school’s aim is to foster the development of a literate, articulate child, who is able to approach both spoken and written forms of communication confidently.


In Key Stages One and Two the children have a daily English lesson as well as regular reading, spelling, phonic and handwriting sessions. In all classes there is a wide range of abilities, and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. Staff have high expectations that all children can achieve their full potential. The lesson may consist of a reading or writing activity; a focussed word or sentence activity; a speaking and listening activity or a chance to edit, improve and redraft work.


Phonics is taught explicitly in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One and, where necessary, in Key Stage Two.  We follow the ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised’ programme to teach phonics and early reading. Phonics is taught each day for a minimum of 10 minutes. Children are grouped according to ability and are provided with additional support if required. 


Reading Our reading activities build on the oral language experiences the children bring from home. A wide range of rich, stimulating texts both fiction and non-fiction is available for pupils in our classrooms. We provide all children with a variety of reading experiences which leads to confident readers, who are happy to discuss their opinions on a variety of different styles of text.

Reading takes place daily in Key Stage One in addition to dedicated group reading sessions three times a week following the Little Wandle Letters & Sounds Revised scheme. In Year 2 and Key Stage Two the children take part in daily shared reading sessions teacher-led guided reading session once a fortnight.

A particular effort is made to involve parents in the vital partnership of the teaching of reading. Every child has a weekly opportunity to visit the school library and to borrow books which can be taken home. All classes have regular story time. We have an Afternoon Reader system that runs on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On these days volunteer helpers are based in the library between 2.30 and 3.15 and read with children from Year 1 to Year 6.

The school runs annual book weeks, book days and book fairs to promote reading.


Children have frequent opportunities to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. We use examples of good literature as the starting point for all children's work and place great importance on imagination and story telling. The children will have opportunities to write individually and in groups, discussing their work with their teacher.  To stimulate children’s writing we use carefully selected stories, plays, poems and life experiences and they learn the drafting process, spelling patterns and grammatical terms in the context of discussion about their own writing. Children are given opportunities to share their work by reading it to others and displaying it around the school. Neat presentation and handwriting skills are encouraged, practiced and valued throughout the school. Pen Licences are used to promote these in Key Stage Two. 


Speaking and Listening
Children learn through speaking and listening and by encountering a range of situations, activities and audiences, which are designed to develop confidence and competence These skills are vital in all learning and social situations. We promote these by encouraging children to listen carefully and to speak confidently and clearly. Role-play is important in this and children have the opportunity to take part in drama in class, circle time, class assemblies and school productions.