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“You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax, all you need is a book." 

Dr Seuss 

English is central to our curriculum and every child’s learning journey. Reading, writing and discussion allow us to communicate our ideas, thoughts and feelings and interact with others. It is essential in order for children to participate positively in society. A competent grasp of literacy enables children to flourish in their academic potential and beyond.

Our curriculum develops a pathway from early reading and writing to year 6, where the children have a range of opportunities to become literate and confident readers and writers.

We want the children to see themselves, their community and others reflected in the literature we read and teach. Reflecting diversity in our curriculum and book choices prepares our children to participate in society with kindness and understanding.


When children learn to read, they unlock the ability to acquire knowledge and to access a world of exploration and imagination. They can deepen their knowledge on subjects and follow their own interests. Reading also provides a gateway to a limitless world of adventures. At Michael Faraday, we want to create a lifelong love of reading.


Writing is paramount for children to express their ideas and develop their thinking process. We want the children to write for a reader and know that all writing is a means of communication. When children learn to write, they understand the purpose of writing for a range of audiences and contexts. Using a wide and ambitious vocabulary allows children to provide description and information for their reader.

Speaking and listening

Speaking and listening is a focus in everything that we do to enable children to be able to express themselves clearly. We encourage children to understand the place that discussion and communication has in our society.


We begin teaching phonics in the EYFS, and children are taught according to 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised." 

Below are overview documents from the phonics programme.  They show the order the sounds and tricky words are taught during Reception and Year 1.