Highfield juniors 001English Intent

At the Highfield Schools, it is our intent to nurture well-read, insightful, knowledgeable, inquisitive, thoughtful and enthusiastic readers and writers.

We develop children’s speech and language skills to enable them to become confident communicators and attentive listeners. They acquire a broad vocabulary and are able to select, speak and spell language appropriately for the audience and purpose of their writing. Children are encouraged to clearly and confidently express themselves using the written word in a variety of ways and across the full range of subjects. Our English sessions are planned to offer broad and balanced schemes of learning that build upon skills and knowledge across each year group. The progression of skills taught is carefully matched to each individual child and is designed to challenge and extend all learners.

We believe that reading is an essential skill and we are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers. It is a skill that allows children to develop their learning, laying the foundations for success in future lines of study and employment. At the heart of our strategy is a drive to foster a love of reading, enriching children’s learning to secure core skills in English, reading and maths at a very early age, so children are then able to access the wider curriculum. It also gives children the opportunity to immerse themselves in a range of texts, developing a ‘love of reading’ and becoming confident and fluent readers for life. We aim to introduce a wide range of texts to our children that reflect and celebrate the diversity of our school community. This allows children to develop empathy and see themselves reflected in the stories they read.

Phonics Teaching

Here at Highfield we use Read Write Inc to systematically teach phonics to our youngest pupils, which is fully matched to the National Curriculum. Strong research from the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) highlights that phonics can be an important component in the development of early reading skills, particularly for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Phonics approaches for younger children (4-7 year olds) has consistently been found to be effective in supporting younger pupils to master the basics of reading, with an additional four months progress.

When their phonic knowledge is secure in Year 2, we adopt a ‘Whole-Class Teaching’ approach for the teaching of reading and comprehension. Research states that ‘Whole-class reading sessions means that children of all attainment bands are immersed in the same high-quality literature and the discussions that these texts promote.’ (Crosby. DM. 2018) This is supported further by noting that, ‘Teaching the whole class instead means that all pupils can read with the teacher more often, moving faster through more or longer texts and benefiting from the teacher’s expert explanations, modelling, questioning and feedback.’ (Durran, J.2017)


Page Downloads Date  
Y1 English Knowledge Organiser 28th Oct 2021 Download
Y2 English Knowledge Organiser 28th Oct 2021 Download
Y3 English Knowledge Organiser 28th Oct 2021 Download
Y4 English Knowledge Organiser 28th Oct 2021 Download
Y5 English Knowledge Organiser 28th Oct 2021 Download
Y6 English Knowledge Organiser 28th Oct 2021 Download
Reading Progression of Skills 04th Jan 2022 Download
Writing Progression of Skills 04th Jan 2022 Download