At Larks Hill J&I School we give high priority to the teaching of English.  This is reflected in the time we devote to developing language skills, the funding we have invested into resources, the priority we give to SEN support for underachievement in language and literacy development, the encouragement we give to children to practise skills for homework, and the training that all the staff have received in this area.  Learning to read fluently, to write confidently and to express oneself well orally are essential skills that underpin all other learning.

The study of English develops children’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, using language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings.  It enables children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts.  Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins.  Children use their knowledge skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.

English Policy

Reading Prompts KS2

Reading With Your Child

KS1 reading

In Key Stage 1 we use the reading schemes Oxford Reading Tree and Project X, arranged in colour bands. For more information on these schemes please see these useful links:

Oxford Reading Tree explained

Project X


Year 6 e-book

This year, as part of the Raising Achievement Project, our Year 6 pupils have had the opportunity to work with an author and illustrator and have produced some fantastic work of their own. Excitingly, all of the hard work has paid off and an e-book has been compiled containing stories and illustrations by the children; this is now available for you to download below.

Meat Fights Back by Larks Hill

Please note, this is a .pdf version of the story, which should be suitable for most devices. If you require a .mobi (for kindle) or .epub (other e-readers), please send in your email address to Mrs Clayton and state which version you require.



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