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In EYFS and KS1 the children work on decoding texts using their phonics skills.  We follow Letters and Sounds and use the Read Write Inc phonics rhymes to help the children remember the phonemes.  At the end of Year 1 children take a phonics screening check.  In addition, we develop the children’s comprehension skills so that they start KS2 being able to read and understand texts for themselves.

In both key stages children have daily guided reading sessions in which their decoding and comprehension skills are challenged and stretched.  Whole class texts are shared during English lessons and at the end of each day so that the children are exposed to a range of books.

We have links with the local library as well as having our own non-fiction library that the children use for researching.  Every year we celebrate World Book Day with dressing up and a range of different activities including visiting authors.


At Edenbridge Primary School we teach writing through a series of linked lessons; the children are introduced to a particular spelling, punctuation and grammar skill and then are given opportunities to practise these skills.  Once a week the children have the opportunity to apply the practised skills through completing an extended piece of writing.  We ensure that the children write for a range of purposes, for example recipes, letters, poems, stories, information leaflets, newspaper articles etc. 

We always try to celebrate the children’s writing and make writing purposeful through sharing their extended writing with another class, with parents or with a wider audience.  We are teaching the children to become authors through editing and improving their writing so that their writing becomes the best it can possibly be.


Miss H Westlake, English Subject Leader