At Nancledra School, English and the teaching of English is the foundation of our curriculum. Our main aim is to ensure every single child becomes primary literate and progresses in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening.


English at Nancledra will not only be a daily discrete lesson, but is at the cornerstone of the entire curriculum.  It is embedded within all our lessons and we strive for a high level of English for all. Through using high-quality texts; immersing children in vocabulary rich learning environments and setting hig-epxectations supported with expert, explicit teaching of writng skills, the children at Nancledra will be taught how to read with deep meaning, write to entertain and inform and how to speak and listen with clarity and purpose.   This will nsure no door is closed to them and every available opportunity is within their grasp.


Please click the links below to find out more about how we do this:


Nancledra School uses a systematic scheme to teach Phonics and Early Reading. Use the link below to visit the parent's information pages, which include resources and videos.

For parents | Letters and Sounds (littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk)

Click below to see the progression of phonics taught in Reception and year 1.

Click to Download Programme-Overview Reception-and-Year-1 [pdf 546KB] Click to Download


Reading is a key tool for life. Teaching children to become excellent readers, who choose to read, is a large part of what we do at Nancledra.

At Nancledra, it is our intention to ensure pupils are able to read fluently and confidently across a range of subjects and develop a love of reading and books to prepare them for the next stage of their education.

We encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Click on the link below to see our intent with regards to reading:

  • The Nancledra Reading spine
  • Reading beyond phonics @ Nancledra School
  • Example overviews for Whole Class Guided Reading (WCGR): Class Two and Class Three
  •  Example lessons from Class Two and Class Three.
Click to Download 23 24 Nancledra’s Reading Spine [pdf 4MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Nancledra Reading Approach KS2 Reading With Meaning [pdf 577KB] Click to Download
Click to Download 23 24 KS1 WCGR Curriculum [pdf 150KB] Click to Download
Click to Download 23 24 LKS2 Reading Curriculum [pdf 362KB] Click to Download

Class Two's Example Lesson

This lesson is consolidating their skill of summarising by focusing on summarising the characters. This also required children to discuss how they knew what they did about the characters - lots of healthy detective work and book talk!

Class Three's Example Lesson

The children were being taught how to clarify what the author means. They looked closely at the word and phrases chosen and how they built up a clear image of the character - lots of 'show don't tell' moments which would help their writing too!

Click to Download C2 Whole Class Reading Rabbit Bear [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download C3 Whole Class Reading Brigtstorm [pdf 924KB] Click to Download

English Curriculum Implementation

Please click on our English Policy to find out how we implement the aims of our English curriculum and how we make adapttaions for our children with SEND. Scroll down to see examples of our writing curriculum.

Click to Download 23 24 Nancledra English policy [pdf 186KB] Click to Download

Cosy Up And Read!

We strive to create a reading community here at Nancldra and one of the ways in which we do this is thorugh our cosy up and Read bags. Every week a child is chosen to take home their Year Group's cosy Up And Read bag.It is full of a carefully curated selection of texts, including graphic novels, fiction and non-fiction. There is a reading journal for children to respond to the stories thay have read and also, perhaps most importantly,  a sachet of hot chocolate and a portion of marshmallows for the top. A good book and a nice warm drink are the perfect combination for enjoying a book with your child, plus the childrne love to chat about the books they enjoyed, comparing who had which favourite - lots of good book chat!