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Darras Hall Primary School English Curriculum

At Darras Hall Primary School we have an engaging and inspiring English curriculum. Through high expectations, quality texts and purposeful reasons to write, children develop English skills which allow them to access the entire curriculum.


Our aim is for each child to be able to:


• read fluently and confidently

• use a range of reading strategies to build an understanding of what they have read

• enjoy reading a range of books
• acquire a wide and varied vocabulary
• identify and use a range of grammatical features and understand why they are used

• understand and apply spelling rules

• spell common exception words appropriate to their year group

•write coherently with a clear audience, purpose and form

•write neatly and legibly and take pride in their work


Please see Mrs R Wademan or Miss R Middis, English Subject Leaders, for more detailed information about our school's curriculum offer for English.

Phonics and Early Reading

At Darras Hall Primary School we follow the structure and guidance of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. This ensures a full coverage of phonic sounds and skills. The enhancement activities allow the children to apply and consolidate their knowledge in a variety of contexts. This then allows them to link phonic rules and strategies to their writing and reading tasks more effectively. From EYFS to Year 2 children take part in daily phonics sessions which may be in a whole class or as part of a group. After Year 2 phonics provision is based on need.


Follow this link for further information about phonics in school and to see some example activities and lessons.




Children have a wide selection of books to choose from within our reading scheme. We have intentionally used more than one scheme to ensure children are given opportunities to experience different styles of books. This also means that we have books to cater for all of our children's interests.


Children are assessed regularly through PM Benchmark to ensure they are on the correct level and allow them to progress swiftly through the colour bands before they become free readers.


For more information about reading books, please see the reading information letter below.


Reading in school

Reading Book Information Letter for Parents

Reading into Writing Journey