Emsworth Primary School

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At Emsworth Primary School, we aim to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Through our excellent teaching we endeavour to ensure that all children:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Speaking and Listening

We strongly believe spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. We therefore ensure the continual development of pupils’ confidence and competence in spoken language and listening skills. Children are encouraged to respond thoughtfully to drama, debates and discussions with purpose.


We aim to ensure all children become fluent, confident readers with a developed love of reading. Children should be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction in order to gain a knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live. As well as reading schemes we also use many non scheme books, especially within guided reading and whole class reads. High quality texts with real life issues lead and enhance many curriculum areas.

We use the following reading schemes within Key Stage 1 and ensure we have a healthy mixture of fiction and non fiction:

  • Simple Jolly Phonics
  • Oxford Reading Tree - Songbird Phonics, Floppy Phonics, Fireflies
  • Collins Big Cat
  • Pearson Rigby Star
  • Discovery World

Reading consists of two dimensions, word reading and comprehension. We develop children’s competence in both dimensions through a range of teaching.




Underpinning reading is the understanding that the letters on the page represents the sounds in spoken words. This is the reason why phonics is emphasised in the early teaching of reading through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ curriculum.


At Emsworth Primary School it is our aim to provide exciting and creative writing stimuli. This includes high quality texts, pictures, film clips and real-life experiences. Our teaching of writing ensures the children have purposeful links and are encouraged to think about the impact their writing has on the reader and their audience.



Grammar and spelling

Underpinning our teaching of writing is the need for children to learn the correct vocabulary needed to discuss their reading, writing and spoken language. It is important that children learn the correct grammatical terms in English and that these terms are integrated within their writing.

Our focus on spelling moves from the use of phonics to spell regular words to equipping the children with strategies to spell high frequency words. This is further developed through the teaching of the relationship between meaning and spelling, recognising word families and patterns.


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