Our Approach to English

Developing English is at the heart of what we do at Woodfield and that is why English is a key priority for all phases in our Developing Excellence Plan this year. We have a team of English leads who ensure there is full coverage, teaching and tracking of all aspects of English.

Current educational research and development underpins our English Developing Excellence Plan which draws on research by the Education Endowment Foundation, building on good practice taken from ‘Effective Characteristics of Literacy’ research findings. Working alongside EEF and other practitioners, we are also part of research projects for Reciprocal Reading, Talk 4 Writing and Teacher in Role.

Our Approach to Reading

The National Curriculum for English states that, ‘Reading widely and often opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious minds.’ Here at Woodfield, we take the teaching of reading seriously and have the common aim of ensuring children become active, critical readers and to promote reading for enjoyment for all.

We pride ourselves on our children reading for pleasure whilst still developing the skills and stamina needed to become an effective reader in a range of subject areas; the library being a key area to promote this. All children visit our well-resourced and regularly restocked library which gives them access to a range of genres and authors.

Reading is promoted throughout school in many ways. Staff at Woodfield enjoy listening to children read regularly and provide many fun reading opportunities throughout the school day. We like to hear children read individually at least once over a two-week period. However, as we know, for children to become confident, enthusiastic readers, we also need to take reading beyond the classroom. Everyone at Woodfield values your support at home: listening to your child read and writing comments on their progress is much appreciated.

Key Stage 1 Core Books

Lower Key Stage 2 Core Books

Upper Key Stage 2 Core Books

To support the teaching and learning of the reading content domains we have, as a school, adopted the reading VIPERS from ‘The Literacy Shed’. VIPERS cover the key comprehension skills that are taught at both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.


Our Approach to Phonics

At Woodfield Primary we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their Read Write Incliteracy.  RWI is a method of learning centered round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader.  A good reader will be able to read more challenging material.  A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.  The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read.  It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:

Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture promptsOxford Reading Owl

  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using RWI to write the children will:

  •  learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.RWI Frog
  •  learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  •  write simple sentences
  •  compose stories based on picture strips
  •  compose a range of stories based on writing frames.

Below is a link to a video clip which shows the programme in action and explains everything, especially ‘Fred talk’!


Below is further information on how you can support at home and most importantly a useful guide on how to pronounce each sound!


Below is our Read Write Inc Policy:-

Read Write Inc Policy

Please also look at the Oxford Reading Owl on http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

Novel Study Approach to Writing

The school have adopted a ‘Novel Study’ approach to the teaching of English which immerses pupils in quality, age-appropriate texts which hook pupils in and increases engagement and enjoyment. By using this approach, all aspects of the English curriculum are taught through the text and pupils use and apply skills and understanding in spelling and grammar, reading and writing to make accelerated progress.

Texts are selected by pupils and teachers ensuring they are age-appropriate, have opportunities for writing and to develop vocabulary. These also form the basis for our cross-curricular medium term plans. The English leaders monitor coverage of genres in reading and writing and ensure pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum through this approach. We make sure writing is purposeful so that pupils understand the context and the audience that their writing is for.

We hope that through Quality First Teaching and Learning (using a range of different strategies) that our pupils will aspire to authors of the future.

Spelling and Grammar

Please click on the link below to access the parent information for your child’s Key Stage:

Key Stage 1 SPaG Leaflet

Lower Key Stage 2 SPaG Leaflet

Upper Key Stage 2 SPaG Leaflet

Spelling Settlements

We encourage pupils to learn to spell common exception words on an individual level. They are challenged to “beat their personal best” through a hierarchy of spellings which is linked to a progressive ladder of settlements from a Hamlet through to a Megatropolis and finally to Infinity and Beyond . Pupils take home and practise spelling at a level appropriate to themselves as well as having time in class to practise. When they achieve the spelling of each level they become land owners and this is celebrated!

Click on the link below to see the spelling lists.

Spelling Settlement Lists


Pupils at Woodfield love to learn in many different ways, Talk for Writing is one of our preferred methods. This active approach not only gets Pupils moving about but they also become fully immersed in the text before they start to write about it.

Talk for Writing is a specialist approach to teaching writing and was developed by Pie Corbett. This approach follows a sequence from designing actions to represent words to using ideas to create an original piece of work. Spelling and grammar work is promoted throughout.

Talk4Writing Information