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English at Lapworth



‘The value of English in the curriculum?  What can I say?  Without English, nothing.  And without good English, nothing very well.’

Anne Fine, Author


In English, children develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.  This enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively; crucial skills for their future.


In speaking and listening activities, including drama, children are encouraged to discuss their experiences, convey their thoughts and ideas to others and to evaluate their activities using oracy skills.

We aim for children to become confident, creative and enthusiastic learners in writing, with secure spelling (featuring the embedding of the Jane Considine spelling programme); punctuation and grammar skills, writing for a range of purposes. We encourage imagination in children's story telling and seek to develop their ability to convey meaning with increasing fluency, cohesion and accuracy. 

Handwriting is taught throughout the school using the 'Letterjoin' cursive style.  The. children progress from basic cursive letter formation to writing in a fluent, joined style.


In reading, we aim to foster a love of books and for children to become fluent, engaged readers. Children are expected to take their current reading book home and we ask parents to hear their children read at home and to record this in the reading diary, forming an important record of communication in their development in reading. Children across the school take part in whole class reading sessions whereby the teacher gets to hear them read aloud first-hand, working with the child to develop their individual reading skills, knowledge and understanding.


Children also have the opportunity to share and enjoy a wide range of other books through reading for pleasure sessions including poetry, stories, rhymes and non-fiction and listen to highly-skilled members of staff sharing their favourite texts. We have a well-stocked library which children visit regularly in order to borrow books for use at school and home. We engage children with reading both in school and at home through rewards, competitions and exciting reading themed events and activities.

See below for links to information and photographs of the fantastic reading that happens at Lapworth. 

The younger children benefit from reading a range of phonics books which are explicitly matched to the children's phonic knowledge from our scheme, Supersonic Phonic Friends, used to develop the children's decoding, prosody and comprehension skills.


As a school we have adopted ‘Supersonic Phonics Friends’ to support us with the  teaching of systematic synthetic phonics. This ensures a consistent approach across early years and Key Stage 1. Supersonic Phonic Friends is an enchanted adventure of phonics where along the way children will meet several friendly woodland characters who represent each literacy skill involved. Supported by the scheme's and rhyming captions and phrases, this approach will ensure children develop confidence and apply each skill to their own reading and writing.  

Meet the Characters

Cheeky Sneaky Sid

Sid is funny, cute and sneaky… not to mention a little bit cheeky!


Jazzy Jack and Magic Mack

Jack and Mack help us to hear more than three sounds in a word, they bring the sound to life so it can be heard.


Listening Len and See it Sam

Listening Len helps us hear the sounds in the words that we speak and See it Sam helps us see and remember the spellings each and every week.


Seb, Bill and Ben

Meet the three musketeers, Segmenting Seb, Building Bill and Blending Ben, who help you pick up a book and a pen!


The twins – Rex and Ron

Introducing our twins Reading Rex and Writing Ron who are so bright. They help us to read and write!


Suze and Mitch

Choose to use Suze and switch it to Mitch are so very cool, they help us switch the spell sound and the choose to use rule!


Tricky Tess and Nonsense Nan

Let us introduce you to Nan and Tess, they help us read those silly words which make no sense and make reading the tricky words fun and immense.

Please visit the website below for more information: 



The Basics 2 & 3

Switch It, Spell It

Tricky Words

Supersonic Phonic Friends progression document

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