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English / Literacy

Learning to read and write well are two of the most important skills that children develop in primary school. At Queen Emma, developing these crucial life skills is one of our highest priorities.

By the time they leave us to move onto secondary school, we want all children to be able to:

  • read fluently, with enjoyment and good understanding
  • write clearly, accurately and creatively, sharing their ideas with confidence
  • speak confidently and listen to others carefully and with respect

We help children to acquire these skills through dedicated daily literacy lessons, but also by focusing on the key skill of Communicating across the whole curriculum.

In KS1, we teach reading through a range of strategies, including daily systematic teaching of synthetic phonics (using the progression set out in the publication Letters and Sounds). We do not use a single reading scheme for children’s reading books, but draw on a number of different high-quality schemes. These books are organised according to the national Bookbanding colour scheme.

Curriculum Overview

Our English curriculum is organised in different year groups:


Please click on the link to view our Curriculum Policies.

Information for Parents

Supporting your child in English

One of the most important things that you can do to help your child succeed at school is to read to them and hear them read regularly. Sharing and discussing books together makes a huge contribution to a child’s language development, whether they are at the very early stages of learning to decode words in Reception, or reading more fluently in the older classes. Your child’s class teacher will be happy to talk to you about how you can support your child individually with their reading.

We have compiled lists of recommended books for children in Years 3 to 6. They are all books she has read and loved and will help us to ensure every child learns to enjoy reading. If you have a book token for a present or just want to buy a new book as a treat please consult the lists to help with your choice.


Obviously, the lists are not exhaustive and you may also have favourites which you might like to share with us. We are very happy to keep adding to our recommendations.

The most important learning skill a children acquires in primary school is a love of reading. It is the foundation for all the work they will do in the future. As well as your children reading the books you too might want to help inspire your children by reading to them or sharing books together. If you read a book from the year above you will be helping embed the ideas, vocabulary and sentence structure your child will be reading in the future.