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Our Intent for English

The aim of English teaching at St. Nicholas Primary School is to develop children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings. Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.

Enrichment Opportunities

Trip to the local library; trip to the Roald Dahl Museum; Eric Morecombe Centre to watch There's a Monster in my Show; Young Writers Competition: Family Portraits; Town Library librarian leads reading worship; Poetry recital to parents; Class Assemblies; Reading in church (public reading and speaking).


In Reception and Year 1, we use the phonics scheme 'Rocket Phonics'. During our daily phonics lessons, we provide exciting opportunities for children to learn a new sound by playing games, reading stories and sorting activities. Reading books linked to the taught sound are sent home to enable children to practice.



Phonics Sound Mat

Pronunciation of Phonics Sounds

In this short video, you'll hear how every phonics sound (or grapheme-phoneme correspondence) in colour band Pink A/Phonics Phase 2 is pronounced. You'll also hear a word(s) for each sound so you can place the sound in context. The flashcards featured are taken from the Reading Planet Rocket Phonics SSP programme.

Professor Michael Rosen on reading for pleasure

How do you encourage children to enjoy reading? Here, Professor of Children's Literature at Goldsmiths, Michael Rosen, tells us how to promote reading for pleasure and why it's so valuable.

Reading for pleasure: How to read with your child

St Nicholas CE Primary School, Church Green
Harpenden, AL5 2TP