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English is a vital part of a child’s learning and ensures that children are equipped for society. At Hallam Primary School we aim to provide children with a good quality curriculum, where English is a focus and the skills of reading, writing and spoken language are developed. Children also develop their love of literature and the English language, through reading for pleasure.


The English Curriculum at Hallam Primary School is being developed so that it is taught using the book based approach, with children learning through experiencing an age appropriate text. As part of each unit of work, children will have the opportunity to explore a range of genres as well as investigating the finer detail of English, including handwriting, and spelling and grammar. Grammar is also taught explicitly on a Monday as part of ‘Grammar Monday’ and threaded through the rest of the unit. English is linked very carefully to our topics and the skills are applied in topic lessons.


Comprehension skills are taught daily during guided reading skills. Decoding skills are taught as part of our phonics programme in KS1 and within small focused groups in Key Stage 2.


Daily phonics teaching take space daily in FS2 and KS1 using the Letters and Sounds programme.  Children are divided in ability groups within their year group in order to ensure appropriate challenge and support.