At St Werburgh’s we ensure that all pupils are provided with excellent opportunities to develop their Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening skills.  We emphasise the importance of demonstrating high quality reading and writing throughout the curriculum. Teachers plan interesting, stimulating lessons that allow the children to practice and apply their English skills across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce learning. Tasks are carefully differentiated to ensure all children receive the appropriate level of challenge and support.


Speaking, Listening, Group Discussion and Interaction, and Drama permeate the whole curriculum.  Interactive teaching strategies are used to engage all pupils. Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life.


At St Werburgh’s we strive to instill in our children a lifelong love of books and reading. We have therefore made a considerable investment in order to ensure the children encounter a rich, breadth of appealing, engaging fiction and non-fiction of texts. From Foundation Stage to Key Stage Two reading is taught using a range of strategies including; shared reading, guided reading, independent reading and home reading.   In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 we use Rigby Star and Pearson Phonics Bug for reading schemes for individuals and home reading .  As the children become more competent readers we use Collins Big Cat and Ginn Lighthouse to continue to develop their reading skills.

Reading is taught throughout the curriculum and links are made with other areas of learning, where possible. We have also developed close links with our local library, with classes visiting each week.


In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One a daily, discrete, twenty minute phonic session is taught based on Letters and Sounds. Teachers use a wide range of appealing resources including ICT to engage children and ensure learning is fun.  All children are assessed through the phonic phases and children working below phase six, even in Key Stage Two continue to receive daily, discrete teaching.

Beyond Letters and Sounds phase six, children are taught spelling using a wide range of strategies including Key Stage Two Support for Spelling, materials.

Please see the link below for St Werburgh’s Approach to Phonics


At St Werburgh’s our approach to teaching writing is to ensure the children see the relevance of the task, writing for a specific purpose and audience. Writing skills are taught in Literacy lessons where children analyse different text types and identify the features of a specific genre. This is achieved in a number of ways including, modelled, shared and guided writing. In this way teachers can focus on teaching different aspects of the writing process including grammar, punctuation and composition at a level appropriate to the children. All pupils are then provided with regular, sustained opportunities for independent writing throughout the curriculum in order to apply and practice their writing skills.

At St Werburgh’s we teach the children to use a joined, cursive handwriting script from Year One.