St Paul’s C of E VA Primary and Nursery School Walk on Water

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We aim to create confident, fluent readers who have a passion for and a love of reading. We want  to ensure that our children know the importance of reading for pleasure and for information and we provide them with numerous opportunities to do so across the curriculum. We want our children to read widely and often with fluency and good understanding.

To achieve this, we have developed a comprehensive approach to teaching reading which includes: a systematic synthetic phonics programme using Letters and Sounds; a comprehensive home reading scheme; well stocked book corners in every classroom; whole class reading sessions; guided reading; English lessons based on real texts and an emphasis on developing reading skills throughout the curriculum.

To support the teaching of reading, all children have access to a range of reading materials which they can take home. We use several schemes for our home reading books.

All of our home reading books are ‘book banded’ so the children read books at the appropriate level for their reading development. The children also take home a library book from the school library alongside their reading scheme book.

To inspire children and share our love of reading, the children in Key Stage 2 have a daily silent reading session and teaching staff read stories/novels to all the children too.

In addition to this, we also use additional resources to support children who need additional support with the development of reading and phonics.



Phonics plays an important role in teaching young children how to read and write. It helps children to hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.

We use the non-statutory government document ‘Letters and Sounds’ to support staff with the teaching of phonics.

Whole class phonics teaching begins in the nursery and continues to the end of Year 2.  Other children may receive phonics teaching as and when required.



We encourage children to write freely from the time they start Nursery, starting with emergent writing. Children use their phonics skills to learn to write the sounds they can hear in words. They will also be directly taught tricky words and common words. They learn how to write for different purposes including writing instructions, reports, letters, poems, diaries and imaginative stories. Sometimes work will be word-processed. Finished writing may be presented as a booklet, in a class book or as part of a display as well as in the children’s individual exercise books.

Handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation are taught as specific skills as well as within a context. Children are encouraged to write in a fluent, joined style from year 1 and there is a strong emphasis on using their phonics to support spelling. To encourage the children to develop neat joined handwriting we have a system which leads children to gain their ‘pen license’.

We use the Pie Corbett approach to writing which allows children to imitate, innovate and then invent their own writing. 

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Home Learning

One of the most important things you can do whilst schools are closed is read! Read with an adult, read with a sibling, read by yourself. Try poems, novels, recipe books, a diary, online reading or even a newspaper!


There are a range of websites offering free materials during this time: (animated stories - free trial for 1 year) (free children's audiobooks) (free e-books to read)


Complete a review on Purple Mash and email it to Miss Smyth. Recommendations will be published on the website!


Try something new to read and see where the book will take you!

  • St Paul's C of E VA Primary and Nursery School
  • Langleybury Lane, Kings Langley,
  • England, WD4 8RJ
  • tel: 01923 263641
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