Pilsley Primary School

Pilsley Primary School

Inspire, Respect, Achieve

Station Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S45 8EU


01773 872378



In English we aim to develop your child’s skills in reading and writing through a broad and balanced curriculum, so that they can express themselves imaginatively and communicate effectively with others.

In doing this we seek to develop their understanding of how language works, particularly through the teaching of grammar, so that they can adapt what they say and write in different situations.

We work to provide a creative curriculum giving pupils opportunities across all subjects to use, practise and apply what they have learned in English, and therefore giving purpose and depth to their writing through ‘real life’ experiences.

Pupils are encouraged to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry, drama, non-fiction and multi-media with a focus on questioning and understanding these texts at greater depth through guided reading and comprehension activities.

In EYFS and KS1 pupils reading and spelling skills are developed through daily Phonics sessions which teaches strategies to break down and build up words in order to read and spell accurately.  ‘Letters and Sounds’ supports our teaching.  Spelling is taught discretely in KS2 following guidance in the National Curriculum.  We aim to weave this knowledge through other curriculum areas using the spellings taught.

Our main core reading scheme in EYFS and KS1 is Harper Collins Big Cat Phonics.  Once pupils have secure phonics skills to read they are gradually introduced to a wide variety of books which aim to enhance and enrich reading experience and widen their vocabulary.  As children move on to 'free reading' we ensure they have access to high quality reading material which is regularly updated.

You are asked to work with us by hearing your child read regularly, helping with homework and giving them opportunities to read and write in their daily lives.


English Curriculum Progressions for Years 1 through to Year 6

Word Reading

Guided Reading and Inference

Writing Composition



Grammar and Punctuation


Agreed Letter Formation

Phonics Teaching Protocol

Writing MAT Example

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