Our school’s philosophy of language and literacy is that the teaching of English has a crucial role to play in equipping learners with the language skills they need to become effective members of their own communities, the world of work and of society in general. English underpins the school curriculum by developing a child’s ability to speak, listen, read and write for a wide range of purposes. Helping children to express themselves clearly orally and in writing enhances and enriches teaching and learning in all subjects. In Early Years and throughout Key Stage 1 we use the Letters and Sounds phonics programme.

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At Northwood we believe that our English curriculum reflects the benefits of our cultural and linguistic diversity and provides learners with positive images through their reading and discussion of literature.

All our pupils, irrespective of age, ability, gender and ethnic origin are entitled to participate fully in, and benefit from a broad range of appropriate English teaching and learning activities at every stage of their education. They are entitled to experience success and enjoyment from their English learning activities.

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Our Approach to Reading

Our overarching aim is for children to access real books as soon as possible. In Early Years children are immersed in an environment rich in print. At Key Stage 1 children begin to read fiction and non-fiction independently and with enthusiasm.We also we introduce children to a range of reading schemes which include:

  • Oxford Reading Tree - Oxford Reading Tree is rooted in reading for pleasure and with systematic phonics at its heart, Oxford Reading Tree's well-loved characters, breadth (over 800 books!) and varied writing styles give children everything they need to become confident readers.


  • Project X - Project X is a modern, whole-school reading programme specially developed to motivate boys and address the gender gap in literacy with highly motivating books and interactive digital resources that inspire today’s children.

  • Lighthouse - Lighthouse is a guided reading programme for Early Years children. It includes a collection of 98 colourful and engaging fiction and non-fiction books carefully levelled to ensure gradual progression.

We also use Accelerated Reader for children with a reading age of 6 years and over. Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers to manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Children pick a book at their own level and read it at their own pace. When finished, children take a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that the child understood the book. Accelerated Reader gives children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

Key English Experiences at Northwood

We guarantee to provide all pupils of our school with the following key experiences:

  • Access to a Book-Fair each year


  • The opportunity to purchase books from the school’s weekly book club


  • Access to a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and multi-media based materials from the school’s library and classroom stocks


  • Free access to choose, browse and read from a range of texts housed in an attractive and welcoming class book and ICT area


  • Access to a wide range of writing materials an implements, including ICT, for self-motivated and teacher directed writing


  • Opportunities to present writing in a variety of formats each year e.g. plays, posters, information leaflets, menus, comic strips etc.


  • To engage in whole class, guided, paired and individual reading activities


  • The opportunity to visit the theatre at least once during Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2


  • The opportunity to engage in various forms of drama and role play as a tool for learning and for presentation to a wider audience


  • The opportunity to perform in a play for parents and the rest of the school


  • Access to displays of reading material in classrooms relevant to current topics


  • Access to relevant reading material in classrooms at appropriate levels of interest and difficulty and from a range of text types


  • Access to reading material of high quality which is up to date, relevant, and balanced in its presentation of ethnicity, culture and gender


  • Classroom environments which are conducive to good literacy practice


  • Classrooms all have working wall displays


  • Opportunities to transfer and consolidate writing skills taught in literacy in other subjects


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