St Michael with St John CE Primary School

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Welcome to the English page!

At SMSJ we provide many opportunities for the children to explore reading and writing. See our gallery for the most recent events!


At St Michael with St John, we view the acquisition of language skills to be of the utmost importance and so the teaching of all aspects of English is given high priority.  Spoken language, Reading and Writing are integral to the whole language experience and we provide opportunities for children to develop these skills in English lessons and across the curriculum.  At St Michael with St John, we are following the programmes of study for English from the National Curriculum.  Detailed schemes of work may be viewed in school on request.


Spoken Language

Children are provided with lots of opportunities in school to develop their spoken English and their listening skills, as these are particularly important for children who are learning English as an Additional Language.



Children are introduced to reading through a range of schemes that include Oxford Reading Tree (including Floppy's Phonics), Pelican and Collins Big Cat. These provide fun activities that introduce children to letter sounds to support early reading.

Throughout school, children are encouraged to read a wide range of books, including fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry books. We have a very well stocked library which the children access regularly.

We have daily phonics lessons for all EYFS and Key Stage 1 pupils which are based on Letters & Sounds and Phonics Play materials.  Our daily guided reading sessions ensure that children are enabled to make good progress with their speaking and listening, reading and writing. Our vast selection of home reading books also helps to enhance children’s learning in English.



Children have regular opportunities to develop their writing on a daily basis in English lessons.  In addition to this, pupils practise their writing through other subjects within the curriculum.  We provide our pupils with half-termly writing experiences eg drumming workshops, circus skills, science shows and theatrical productions.  These experiences serve as a stimulus for writing as well as being fun and engaging.  Have a look at the pictures of our recent Writing Experiences in school!