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At Eling school the staff believe that the teaching of English is a skill for life in which children use and apply their literacy skills and knowledge and understanding confidently and competently in their learning and in everyday contexts and through all areas of the curriculum. We plan to inspire children, equipping them with a strong command of written and spoken word and develop a love of the literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Our children develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing (including phonics) which enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with each other effectively. We encourage all children to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non fiction texts. Using this knowledge they can choose and adopt what they say and write in different situations. We believe that it is essential to enable each child to convey their own ideas and opinions clearly, and respond creatively and critically to a wide range of information and ides across all aspects of the curriculum.

At Eling infant School we aim by the age of seven for a child to be able to:

  • Read and write with confidence, understanding, using a range of strategies to self monitor and correct.
  • Have an interest in words, their meanings: developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
  • Have an interest in books and read for enjoyment.
  • Understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.
  • Be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
  • Have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.


We focus on four key strands of Speaking and Listening which are as follows:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Group discussion and interaction
  • Drama

All of these aspects permeate the whole curriculum and we use interactive teaching strategies to engage children.


The teaching of phonics helps children to read and write. We approach this are systematically on a daily basis through the 'Read Write Inc.' program and Letters and Sounds. Children undertake a national screening test in the summer of Year One.


There are many opportunities to read across the learning day and we use a range of books through many different sources to engage children to read: - this is linked to topics, events and interests.

The specific teaching of reading is through:

  • Guided reading
  • Shared reading
  • Independent reading
  • Reading one to one with an adult
  • Reading with other children
  • Daily phonics teaching
  • Wider reading – including library books


As with reading there are many opportunities for children to write either through teacher initiated tasks or through their own independent learning. The following list details specific opportunities for teaching writing:

  • Emergent writing
  • Independent writing
  • Shared writing
  • Guided writing
  • Extended / big writing
  • Phonics and spelling
  • Handwriting.


Children and parents are actively encouraged to read at home and write comments in their red reading diaries so that the teachers are aware of the childrens progress at home. Those children that do read at least three times a week at home make significantly more progress than those that don’t. We have ‘learning to learn’ mornings on the 6th of each month to encourage parents and carers to see our Literacy learning in practice.