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English- Reading, Writing and Oracy

At Hazelbury Primary School, we provide an appropriate, inclusive, engaging English curriculum.

The development of children’s language is crucial to their success across the curriculum. We want all children to be excellent communicators, to listen actively and to speak with confidence.


At Hazelbury Primary School, children are helped to develop a love of reading and to become skilful and imaginative writers.

Our Foundation Stage and KS1 pupils follow the Letters and Sounds programme. In KS2, we follow the National Curriculum creating our own English sequences of lessons designed to develop children into confident speakers and willing writers. The Read Write Inc. programme is used for intervention for children who need additional support in KS2. 

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Here at Hazelbury Primary School, we base our phonics teaching on Letters and Sounds  to support our children with reading and writing. Our aim is for our children to be able to read with accuracy and confidence, and above all to love reading. 

When learning to read, the children will:

  • learn that sounds are represented by written letters;
  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/ letter groups using simple picture prompts;
  • learn how to blend sounds
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out; and
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

We all know that reading opens the door to all learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more a child wants to find out. It is therefore vital that your child finds learning to read and write a rewarding and successful experience. 


During all lessons across the school, children have the opportunity to develop their spoken language capabilities and improve their listening skills through a wide range of activities.