Reading CornerAt English Martyrs’, English is at the heart of our teaching and learning as we know it is a vehicle for learning in all subjects across the curriculum. We aim to support the children to develop a passion for reading and writing.

Our curriculum is underpinned by quality children’s literature which motivates and engages the children leading to quality writing outcomes. The 2014 National Curriculum is followed and delivered through meaningful learning activities.

Reading has a very high profile. A passion for reading is fostered with a range of stimulating texts and we take real pride in our book corners and reading area.

Phonics is taught daily and systematically in Early Years and Year 1. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme and use a whole range of resources to support the teaching of phonics. Children are also encouraged to use their decoding skills in their reading and writing.

We use a range of schemes including Collins Big Cat and Oxford Reading Tree to support early reading in Early Years and Key Stage 1. Across the school, children are encouraged to read at home every day as part of their homework. Independent readers are asked to complete a Reading Passport which consists of eight reading challenges. Children can also take home a book of their choice from the school library.

Children learn different styles of writing through a whole text approach. They read the text and produce writing based around the topic. Extended writing opportunities are also planned for in our foundation subjects and we aim to provide cross curricular writing opportunities wherever possible.

Our Class Book Corners

To motivate and engage children in reading, each class creates a book corner relating to their class topic or book. Each term, the book corners are judged by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Congratulations to our Autumn Winners: Class 3M, with a book corner based on their Heroes and Villains topic, and Class 1K,  with their book corner based on the well known book; The Secret Garden.

The children and staff are lucky to benefit from the educational consultants at The Literacy Tree. Texts are carefully chosen to engage children and encourage them to be critical thinkers, readers and writers. You can find out more about The Literacy Tree here:


Children are taught cursive handwriting right from Nursery up to Year 6.

Reception and KS1 Reading Morning

Thank you to all the parents from Reception and KS1 who came to read with their child this morning. It was great to have so many children and parents reading together and everyone enjoyed it. One parent said ‘This is a really good idea and I can’t wait to come again.