At Chapelford Village Primary school, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We aim to develop these skills through an integrated programme of Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing. 

Literacy is at the heart of all children’s learning. Literacy enables children both to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and to examine their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas, giving these order and meaning. Because Literacy is central to children’s intellectual, emotional and social development it has an essential role across the curriculum at Chapelford Village Primary school and helps pupils’ learning to be coherent and progressive.

We place great emphasis on developing the links between reading and writing and our children’s independent writing evolves from quality shared class reading texts over a half term. We specifically select these quality texts to link in with our topic and pupils interests, thus immersing the children in the quality texts over a period of time. As a school we encourage a reading rich environment and staff model the enthusiasm and passion for reading to ensure that our pupils are exposed to rich and stimulating texts that support the development of vocabulary, imagination and key language skills.



At Chapelford Village Primary School we strive for all of our children to be literate. By the end of Year 6 we aim for all children to be able to:

  • be effective, competent communicators and good listeners;
  • express opinions, articulate feelings and formulate responses to a range of texts both fiction and non-fiction using appropriate technical vocabulary;
  • foster an interest in words and their meanings, and to develop a growing vocabulary in both spoken and written form;
  • have an interest in books and to read for enjoyment, engaging with and understanding a range of text types and genres;
  • be able to write in a variety of styles and forms showing awareness of audience and purpose;
  • develop powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness in all areas of literacy;
  • use grammar and punctuation accurately;
  • understand spelling conventions;
  • produce effective, well-presented written work.


We regularly conduct pupil voice to gain an understanding of how our children feel about reading. Across the school, our children have really positive attitudes towards reading. It is clear that they get great enjoyment from reading books and enjoy spending time both in our high quality Reading Areas and school library.

Reading for enjoyment is a feature of our Guided Reading sessions. Within this we provide the opportunity for all children to spend time reading a text of their choice, whether from an identified range of books, or simply choosing a text they enjoy from the Reading Area.

Promoting Reading through Displays

Across the school, we endeavour to promote a love of reading of all our children in many ways. One of which is through our displays. We ensure that a range of topic and information books are incorporated into their displays for other areas of the curriculum, such as Geography and History, for example. This encourages children to further broaden their knowledge and reading of a particular topic or subject area.  We also try to include books by the same author as the text being studied in English, to encourage children to broaden their reading horizons and provide opportunities for them to read a variety of titles by an author whose work they enjoy.

Children have access to a wide range of authors and publishers in school.  Our reading books are grouped by difficulty into a coloured book banded system.  Within each band, there is still a small range of challenge. Children in KS1 take these reading books home and are strongly encouraged to read at home regularly.  Children also have access to books within the classroom and our school library.  All classes make use of Winsford Library to enhance our school book provision.  

All children experience a weekly guided reading session with their class teacher. In addition they are also given many more reading opportunities across the curriculum, including comprehension skills within literacy lessons. Individuals may read on a one to one basis regularly with a range of adults in school.

World Book Day 2019
Examples of English work from 
"Writing is fun. I like writing stories most"
Sheethal - EYFS
"The story we are reading is called The Journey Home. There is a crocodile, Hattie Peck and a flamingo and they are friends".
Poppy - EYFS
Examples of English work from Year 3
"My favorite English text that we've read is 'Billionaire Boy'. I liked the characters, especially Raj because he is always selling out-of-date food. That makes me laugh".
Florence - Year 3
Examples of English work from
Year 5
"Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman was amazing to read and write about. we wrote stories from the wolves perspective. My story had a sinister atmosphere to make the reader scared but enjoyed reading at at the same time".
Finlay - Year 5
Examples of English work from Year 1
Examples of English work from Year 2
"I'm good at writing stories because I like inventing characters".
Franky-Joe - Year 2
Examples of English work from
Year 4 
"I really enjoy nature, so reading Fox by Margaret Wild was brilliant for me. We wrote some really good descriptions about forest fires and describing the setting".
Tom - Year 4
Examples of English work from Year 6
"My absolute favourite English lesson that we've had this year has been based on an outdoor study of Shaun Tan. We were able to apply our learning to a range of different writing"
Sophie - Year 6