‘By following in the footsteps of Jesus,

we are making the heart, mind and spirit soar’

Our actions and words of today are the footprints of our future.


English and Literacy contribute to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to speak, listen, read and write for a wide range of purposes and to be able to use language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings.

It is our view that the pupils in our school should be taught in a safe, secure and stimulating environment enabling each and every child to achieve their potential in the areas of English and Literacy.



In the Foundation Phase, children are immersed in language rich experiences and activities. They are given a wide range of opportunities to enjoy reading, mark-making and writing experiences from Nursery. 


At Key Stage 1, learners build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired during the Foundation Phase. The achievement of progress is continued through KS1 and into KS2 through an integrated programme of Speaking (spoken word), Listening, Reading and Writing. Learners are presented with experiences and opportunities that inter relate the requirements of the skills and range of sections of the Programmes of study. They become competent readers and writers, writing clearly and coherently in a range of forms and for a range of purposes. 

At St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School we intend to help children to develop skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate creatively with the world at large, through the spoken and written word; we also intend to help children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.



  • To develop pupils’ confidence in themselves as skilled communicators, to make relevant contributions and learn how to listen attentively to others
  • To enable pupils to adapt their speech to a widening range of circumstances and demands
  • To develop pupils’ interest and pleasure in reading, so that they can read independently, understand the meaning and express preferences about their reading
  • To ensure that pupils read with fluency, accuracy and understanding across a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction
  • For pupils to enjoy writing and to see the value of it
  • To provide stimulating opportunities for pupils to be creative writers of text and to express themselves, in writing, with confidence
  • To enable pupils to become independent writers of texts, which are accurately spelled, punctuated correctly and which communicate meaning in narrative and non-narrative forms
  • To develop pupils’ understanding that writing is essential to thinking and learning across all curriculum areas
  • To enable pupils to use the planning, drafting and editing processes to improve their written work and sustain their writing of fiction and non-fiction
  • To enable pupils to develop legible handwriting in both joined and printed styles with increasing fluency and speed
  • To enable pupils to use non-fiction and non-literary texts in order to access information for themselves including computer based information texts
  • For pupils to be able to use computing as an effective means of communication and an effective tool for learning
  • To set suitable learning challenges
  • To respond to pupils’ diverse learning needs
  • To overcome potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils


At our school, we promote mastery in English by extending and deepening children’s reading, writing and speaking and listening skills across challenging contexts. Mastery in English is demonstrated through independence, confidence and flexibility within these areas and also by using these English skills across the whole curriculum. Teachers do not just teach subject content, but aim to deepen children’s understanding further through the use of questioning, problem solving and thoughtful discussions showing enquiry and inquisition. This ensures children have a comprehensive knowledge of this subject.


By the time children leave our school, we expect them to communicate through speaking and listening, reading and writing, with confidence, fluency and understanding and in a range of situations. We will make every effort to foster an enjoyment of literature and a love of reading and writing!




Genre Overview

Key Writing Skills




(National Curriculum Links are in bold and underlined)

(Teacher Assessment Framework links are in italics)


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6



High Frequency Words

Year 1

Year 2

Years 3 and 4

Years 5 and 6



Click on the link above to learn more about Read Write Phonics.