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Thinkers and Learners


Here is the latest English curriculum introduced in the 2014/15 school year.

If any parents/carers wish to know more about the English curriculum they can speak to their child's/children's teacher.

For more information you can click on the link below.

English programmes of study; key stages 1 and 2

Reading and Phonics

At EVPS we encourage children to have a love of books.  


Children learn to read using a systematic synthetic phonics approach. Children have a daily phonics lesson from Foundation through KS1 and if necessary in KS2, ensuring children are secure in each phase before moving on to the next. A specific scheme is followed.  

Reading books that come home will match the phonics that your child has mastered. After that they move onto our Accelerated Reader scheme (Renaissance Learning), which provides a huge choice of books for children, who get to use our library and its beautiful surroundings regularly. Children regularly quiz on their books to help them focus on their understanding.  


Children have opportunities to read every day and it is expected that this will also be supported at home.  Staff will also read to your children very frequently, and the sharing and love of books is a huge priority at EVPS.   Guided group or individual reading is also an important way that we help children progress. Reading also features across the curriculum.  


Reading is a taught subject throughout the school, and children continue to be challenged and supported.  


The use of reading diaries to record reading is part of the homework asked of pupils, becoming more independent as they work through the school: so that by the time they are in the upper part of KS2, they are expected to be recording their reading and their understanding of the texts they have read independently. 



The school have recently started using the SPELLING SHED spelling game and scheme.  This is a fun way to ‘play’ with spellings, learn words and enjoy the puzzle that is the English language!  Children use it in school, but also as part of homework.


A Guide for Reading with Your Child

Let's Share a Book

  • Choose a quiet time when you and your child can enjoy reading together.
  • Find a comfortable place to read. Talk about the book, its cover and what the book may be about.
  • Read with your child-read for no more than about 5-10 minutes (for a young child). Help your child if he/she gets stuck. (Testing will only cause anxiety!)
  • Talk about the book, whether it was good, what has happened or what might happen next and discuss illustrations.
  • Encourage your child to enjoy reading in daily life, not just their school book.

When Reading With Younger/Less Confident Readers:

  • Encourage your child to have a go at reading - supply the word if your child gets stuck.
  • Let your child talk about the pictures.
  • Ask your child if he/she enjoyed the book.
  • Always praise good efforts.

When Reading With Older/More Able Readers:

  • Discuss the book e.g. what your child expects it to be like from looking at the cover etc.
  • Listen to your child read, encouraging the child to have a go at reading the word (using clues such as saying the initial sound and building up the word) but supply the word if your child gets stuck.
  • Try not to interrupt the flow of reading by constantly stopping.
  • Always praise good efforts.
  • Discuss whether you enjoyed reading the book together. Talk about why you enjoyed it.
  • Please inform your child's teacher of any problems.