Yew Tree Primary School

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Our English Curriculum

Curriculum Progression


Our English curriculum is carefully planned to ensure progression of skills, as well as coverage of genres, so that the children grow up as fluent readers and writers. These skills are then applied in other subjects through opportunities promoted in our topic 'Cornerstones' curriculum.

Reading & Phonics


Reading is obviously recognised as an essential element of all learning. We aim to teach the skills of reading and to foster a lifelong love of language.  Children bring books home from their earliest days in school. We view the education of children as a partnership with parents and ask them to read with their children as often as possible. Early reading books are levelled carefully and children work systematically through each level at their own pace.


All children will be heard to read in school as often as possible. Much of their reading will be done in English lessons, but group and individual reading will also occur. All of the children will bring books home to read and parents can comment in their reading records.


Children begin reading with Phonics Bug (the 100% phonically decodable reading scheme from Bug Club published by Pearson) and then move to Bug Club titles.  


We follow the Letters and Sounds phonic scheme - (phases 1 to 6). CLICK HERE for information about Letters & Sounds.