St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School



Subject co-ordinators: Mrs Edgell, Miss Lee and Miss Maloney


We aim to inspire children to become enthusiastic readers, passionate writers and confident speakers; promoting high standards of language and literacy through an engaging and innovative English curriculum. Our intent is for the pupils of St. Polycarp’s to become confident communicators and active citizens making a positive contribution to society.

Through our wider curriculum we offer a diverse range of language and literacy opportunities. We aim to equip our pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language whilst developing their love of literature through rich and varied texts.


Our reading journey begins in Early Years with daily systematic synthetic phonics teaching using the Read Write Inc scheme. This continues throughout Key Stage 1 and beyond for those who need additional support. The children will be reading corresponding phonic books from the Read Write Inc scheme.  

Once children have developed early literacy skills, they move onto our Master Reader programme. This focuses on developing comprehension skills whilst continuing to build on reading fluency. The children will be reading a range of books from the Oxford Owl colour-banded books. 

Our aim at St. Polycarp’s is to ensure that all pupils can read fluently, with good understanding and confidence by the end of Year 6. 

Reading for pleasure 

We encourage reading for pleasure in a variety of ways.  This includes regular visits to our school library where children have access to a wide range of quality texts.  Our inviting book corners provide opportunities for the children to further develop their reading skills and the love of reading.  Daily story time is included in our curriculum and the children enjoy reading with their peers across the year groups. Reading is celebrating through whole school participation in extra-curriculum events such as World Book Week, author visits and the Scholastic book Fair.  


We teach writing at St. Polycarp’s through studies of high-quality texts linked with our curriculum. Experiences and rich heritage opportunities influence and inspire the pupils’ imaginations for their writing. 

We aim for all pupils to become confident with transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition and to be able to write for a range of purposes and audiences. 

Spelling skills are taught using a high-quality spelling scheme of work; Spelling Shed (Edshed). Spelling is directly taught and embedded into all lessons. 

High standards of pupils’ handwriting begin in Early Years with developing mark making and fine motor skills. This provides the solid foundation to progress onto pre-cursive in Year 2 and then fluent cursive handwriting in Year 3 and beyond.  

Language is promoted with a wide range of rich vocabulary and grammar and opportunities for oracy.  Children will discuss, plan, edit and evaluate their own writing and other texts. 

Introduction to Read Write Inc.



Reading at Home

Reading Progression of skills document 

Writing Progression of skills document 

KS1 Literacy Evening Presentation

KS2 Literacy Evening Presentation