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Hurst Knoll St James'

CE Primary School

Inspiring Faith and Learning for Life





Reading is taught daily across Key Stage 2, alongside phonics and a daily class text in Key Stage 1. Reading is taught as a 3-part lesson, with children given the opportunity to explore a text alongside the class teacher, answer questions about it, either individually or with a pair / small group, and then share their responses with the class. Children enjoy an exciting array of texts from Early Years to Year 6, that give them a diverse range of cultural experiences and texts by a variety of authors from different cultures and backgrounds. Children acquire skills in reading across eight specific areas:


  • Word Definition
  • Retrieval of Information
  • Summarising
  • Making Inferences
  • Making Predictions
  • Relating to the Text
  • Exploring the Text
  • Making Comparisons (with other texts they have read)


As well as reading within school, children are provided with a reading book to take home. These reading books are very carefully designed to challenge children and develop their reading skills to compliment the teaching taking place in the classroom. The reading books follow a progressive colour-banded scheme and children may change their books in order to continue to develop their reading skills.




Writing is taught daily in all year groups. Writing includes daily development of skills in:


  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Non-fiction Writing
  • Narrative (story) Writing


A range of texts and stimuli is used to help children develop their writing skills, including:


  • Novels
  • Non-fiction Texts
  • Clips and Videos
  • Websites


Across the school, writing follows ‘The Write Stuff’, a scheme by Jane Considine, as well as a progressive set of texts and stimuli carefully selected to provide progression across year groups for all children. Spelling is taught as part of the English writing lesson, but is also tested weekly