English - Every Child a Reader and Writer!

  Every Child a Reader!                                                                               Every Child a Writer!

Purpose of study from the National Curriculum

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.


To ensure that all pupils will benefit from a rich, broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that is matched appropriately to their ages,abilities and aptitudes. Ensuring the progressive development of english knowledge and skills and to foster a love of the subject in our pupils. Our pupils will be creative and imaginative and be armed with the resilience, skills and knowledge to explore the literary world around them. 

We are a Read, Write Inc Phonics school

Pupils in keystage 1 (and some in year 3 and 4) all have daily phonics using the Read, Write Inc phonics materials.  Pupils are taught in small, differentiated groups. Attached to this page is a FAQ sheet all about Read, Write Inc that may help you understand the terminology that your child is using and it has more information about how Read, Write Inc works. It also contains tips on reading and writing with your children at home. We hope you find it useful.

Once pupils are off the phonics scheme they have discrete reading lessons.  These are as a whole class and use a range of reading materials to develop reading comprehension.  We use VIPERS as a focus for our reading lessons.

VIPERS is an acronym which stands for:






Sequence (KS1) or Summarise (KS2).

Pupils from Reception through to year 6 we are now following Literacy Tree Writing Roots to deliver our writing curriculum scheme.  These lessons are taught daily in all year groups. 

Keystage 2 pupils also have daily Read, Write Inc Get Spelling lessons.

For our pupils who need extra help we have Read, Write Inc Freshstart and One to One phonics interventions.  Further Literacy interventions include: Lexia, IDL and Talk Boost.


  • Topics for the year to ensure rich, braod and balanced curriculum coverage.
  • Display, planning and workbook scrutiny to evidence coverage and differentiation.
  • Termly data will be collected and analysed to ensure continued progress. Target areas and pupils identified and support for bth staff and pupils to be implemented if required.
  • Learning walks, team teaching, observations and discussions with pupils to ensure learning is exciting and challenging.
  • Continued use of the ReadWriteInc and Literacy Tree Writing Roots schemes to enhance/support  teaching and delivery of the National Curriculum programmes of study. Making cross curricular links when possible. 


By the end of each key stage, the pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programmes of study. They will have the confidence and ability to transfer these skills to other areas of the curriculum.  They will develop a love and interest of english and writing and the literary figures who have influenced, shaped/shape the world we live in. 


Click on any of the links below to find out more about English activities at Gorsewood:

World Book Day

World Book Day

Spooks Workshop

Files to Download

Other pages

Gorsewood Primary School

Gorsewood Road, Murdishaw, Runcorn, WA7 6ES