At Gillibrand Primary School, the development of language and communication skills is of the highest priority for the success of our children.  

In learning about English, our children develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, enabling them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate effectively with others.

Our whole school objectives in the teaching of English are:

  • to offer an exciting, stimulating and accessible curriculum.
  • to develop the skills of each child to the highest level.
  • to nurture confident children who leave school with an enjoyment of and passion for English


At Gillibrand Primary School, we champion reading.  Reading often and widely is of paramount importance:

  • Reading exercises our brain. ...
  • Reading improves focus and concentration. ...
  • Reading creates better writers...
  • Reading teaches children about the world around them. ...
  • Reading improves vocabulary and language skills. ...
  • Reading develops a child's imagination. ...
  • Reading helps children to develop empathy. ...
  • Reading helps with problem solving...
  • Reading is a fun.

Reading for 20 minutes a day creates a vocabulary of 1.8 million words 

Reading for 5 minutes a day creates a vocabulary of 280,000 words 

Reading for 1 minute a day creates a vocabulary of just 8,000 words 


How Reading is Taught

Early reading in taught through daily, systematic, synthetic phonics using Letters and Sounds. The children are taught each day in phonics groups which reflect the phase of the phonics programme that they are currently working within.  

Throughout the school, each child has a regular guided reading session where a group shares a text, developing their skills of comprehension, prediction, summarising and evaluation.

The teaching of reading is supported by a wide range of high quality school and home reading books from reading schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cat, produced by  publishers such as 'Oxford University Press', 'Pearson' and 'Collins'



Need ideas on the next book to inspire your child to read?  Click on the links below:


Each summer, the children complete an exciting reading challenge and each year the children take part in a whole school reading challenge.  Staff foster a love of reading through sharing class novels, reading for pleasure, developing stimulating reading areas in the classroom, promoting a wide selection of quality cross curricular texts to encourage reading across all areas of the curriculum.


Year 1 Phonic Screening Check

Children in Year 1 will take part in the statutory phonics screening check.

The check takes place in June each year and it is designed to confirm whether individual children have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.

For more information click here...


Other free websites that your child can enjoy at home:


How Writing is Taught

Confident and fluent readers become confident and fluent writers.  Writing is taught on a daily basis, both within English lessons and other areas of the curriculum.  High quality reading materials are used to inspire and develop writing which is celebrating through the creative use of our school writing blog.  Children use the opportunity to write in a variety of contexts and for a variety of purposes to a wider, internet audience.  As real authors, the children edit their writing in response to comments and feedback left by their audience to improve their skills.

Inspiring Authors

We utilise valuable opportunities to invite children's authors into school to work with the children, building their confidence and inspiring their writing and giving the children the invaluable experience of meeting and questioning and learning from a 'real' author.

Grammar and Punctuation 

Explicit knowledge of grammar is important and key to a child's progress in both reading and writing. 

Below are some links to a range of grammar and punctuation games that you and your child can enjoy. This will help to support them in school.

Grammar web links 

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