At Farnham Green Primary School, we believe that literacy, and communication through speaking and listening are key life skills. Providing both an English curriculum and texts of high quality, we help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners.

We want children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety, therefore lessons will include a number of different techniques such as; drama, role play, painting and links to other curriculum areas which will enable the children to gain a better understanding of the high quality texts being studied thus fully appreciate a text and begin to read for pleasure.

English is at the heart of all children’s learning. It enables children both to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and to examine their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas, giving these order and meaning. Because English is central to children’s intellectual, emotional and social development it has an essential role across the curriculum and helps pupils’ learning to be coherent and progressive.


How do we teach reading?

Children and staff at Farnham Green are enthusiastic readers and we endeavour to foster a love and passion for reading in our children.

The development of reading is the top priority for our children. Teaching reading is the central strategy in developing children’s literacy. They will develop all the key elements of word recognition, decoding, recognising the link between letters and sounds and understanding of meaning and language comprehension. In this school children will be confident readers who read for pleasure.


How will this happen?

  1. In Early Years and Key Stage 1, we use a systematic phonics approach called Letters and Sounds to ensure children quickly learn how to decode and read whole words and sentences.
  2. Children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 will also be taught comprehension skills through a daily reciprocal reading lesson and a weekly discrete comprehension session.
  3. In Key Stage 2, children are taught reading skills through a daily guided reading lesson and a comprehension lesson once a week.
  4. Pupils will be given opportunities to apply what they have learnt through carefully selected reading texts at an appropriate level. The Salford reading test is used to assess children's reading ages, ensuring an appropriate level of challenge for all.
  5. All teachers are trained in the principles of phonics, so that they can identify the learning needs of young children and recognise and overcome the barriers that impede learning.
  6. English lessons are centered around high quality texts that encourage deeper philosophical discussion into character’s actions, story settings, plots and author’s voice.
  7. The wider curriculum gives children rich opportunities to talk and listen in a wide range of contexts. This contributes to developing their familiarity with books and stories and their knowledge of the meanings of words.
  8. The assessment of individual pupils’ progress in reading and their phonic knowledge and skills will be frequent and detailed to identify quickly the pupils who are not making good progress so that strategies can be put in place for them to keep up with their peers.
  9. We have high expectations of what all pupils should achieve.
  10. Children are involved in the assessment of their progress and receive regular supportive feedback on their work.
  11. We provide an exciting reading environment that encourages children to read with themed reading areas in all classes, teachers who share their love of reading with children and a vibrant and fabulously well stocked library.


How do we teach handwriting?

We follow the Nelson handwriting scheme to enable our children to form their letters in the conventional way and write in a  joined script which is neat, fluent and legible.

The following links will help you support your child with their handwriting at home:

Handwriting Instruction Videos

How to introduce the four types of joins in cursive handwriting