Our English Co-ordinator is Mrs Emma Oliver.

Our Phonics Lead is Mrs Louise Cuthbertson


The children know that in English we learn to listen, speak, read and write to communicate with others.

The purpose of English in the National Curriculum is to teach pupils to write and speak fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Our curriculum aims promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop a love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

At Amble Links First School English is taught as an integral part of our curriculum across all subjects.  Pupils will learn to read and write through a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. Phonics, spelling punctuation, grammar and handwriting, as well being part of every lesson, will be taught discretely at specific times each week.

In Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 our Systematic Synthetic Phonics Scheme is Monster Phonics and we use this as the main tool to teach the children to read and write.  English teaching for our older pupils is through a 'Talk4Writing' approach which involves the children becoming very familiar with a high quality model text which enables them to learn the structure and language that they then learn to apply in their independent writing.  

We strongly focus on developing our pupils into confident, fluent and independent readers. Our school reading scheme, the core of which is Monster Phonics (Early Years/ Key Stage 1) Read Write Inc and Oxford Reading Tree captures the range of abilities and interests of our pupils.  This is supported by the use of our online reading programme, Oxford Reading Buddy that enables pupils to access a huge range of texts and support with their reading at home. Our reading scheme and library encourages pupils’ independence in choosing the texts that they wish to read at their own ability levels. Regular Guided reading and writing sessions target whole class and small groups with specific objectives to ensure good progress of all pupils.

Overviews of English teaching in Years 2, 3 & 4 are available to download below.

Click here to view the full National Curriculum Programme of Study that we follow for English.