English at Park Hill Junior School 


What is taught:

We aim to develop children’s ability to read by promoting a love for reading that they will make them life-long confident readers. Enjoyment for reading is at the heart of what we do. Pupils should understand and enjoy a wide range of literature from around the world, including classic authors, non-fiction and poetry.

How it is taught: 

We have a structured reading scheme, consisting of a wide variety of books for early, independent and more competent readers. Home involvement is encouraged using pupils’ planners. We use the ‘Accelerated Reader Program’ to structure and assess pupils’ reading across the school.  Parents can access this information from home.

The Power of Reading teaching sequences are used in class to develop children’s ability to understand how writing is used to produce a variety genres in literature and writing styles.

A wide range of reading books are kept and accessible to the children in our iHub. All year group areas/ classrooms have attractive books and provide an engaging learning environment for the children. Pupils can access the accelerated learning programme through their iPads.

Guided Reading sessions take place daily across all year groups, following a structured timetable by which six key reading skills are taught explicitly: vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising. In these sessions, children listen to good examples of reading and are given opportunities to read aloud, providing them with time to practise intonation and expression as well as the skill taught that day.


What is taught:
At Park Hill Junior school, importance of writing with a reader in mind is central to the teaching of writing.
We aim to develop children as writers through a variety of creative and interactive means. Many of our lessons follow the teaching sequences of the Power of Reading to explore high quality texts in depth, enhancing reading comprehension and providing meaningful contexts and purposes for writing.

How it is taught:
There a strong emphasis on the importance of the process of being a writer and weekly writing sessions will typically consist of: discussion and exploration of a text; planning the writing; an extended writing session followed by editing and redrafting and finally publishing. Pupils are empowered to take responsibility for their writing through peer and self-evaluation. Teacher conferencing and in depth marking enable pupils to meet the next steps in their development as writers.

The importance of writing across the curriculum is highlighted by the use of English sessions to develop writing in other curriculum areas so that students are aware that writing takes many forms and is an intrinsic part of daily life.

Grammar and Punctuation

What is taught:

Good grammar and punctuation underpins successful writing.  Children are taught that good grammar and punctuation gives meaning to their writing. 

How it is taught:

Grammar lessons are embedded into the writing the children will be engaged in that week.  This ensures that pupils get relevant and meaningful practise of the grammar concept being taught.

Year 3 & 4 Curriculum

Year 5 & 6 Curriculum

Spelling and Phonics

What is taught:

The teaching of spelling is very important, and children are taught four main strategies to become successful spellers.

Phonics – the letters and groups of letters which represent sound.

Orthography – the conventions used to convert a spoken language into a written one.

Morphology – the units of meaning which make up the words we use.

Etymology – the history and origins of words and how they have changed over time.  This approach not only assists with learning how to spell but it also equips children with the skills to unscramble unfamiliar words when reading.  

How it is taught:

Pupils are given weekly spelling lists to learn.  Over the week they are taught how to spell them using the above strategies.  Where possible spellings are linked to the forthcoming writing activities so that the words they are learning are relevant and pupils have the opportunity to practise using them in their writing.

Parent Information

Supporting your child with Reading and Writing - workshop PowerPoints from February 2017.




Accelerated Reader booklet

Click here for the AR Booklet.

Accelerated Reader parent log on link

Please use the following link to access your child’s Accelerated Reader quiz results.  Once logged in you can enter your contact details to receive their quiz marks via email.   To log in you will need to use your child’s school log in details.


You can also use AR BookFinder (www.arbookfind.co.uk) to search for book titles that are linked to AR. This can be a useful tool to check if any books you have at home/read from the library are linked to AR and conduct an advanced search to generate book lists that contain titles based on the criteria you enter, such as Book Level, Interest Level and Fiction/Non-Fiction.

Aspirational Readers

Each half term teachers will select a child from their class who has proven to be an aspirational reader.  The children will be awarded with a special tie to wear for the half term and also a badge for them to keep permanently.

Adults around the school will be looking for these qualities in their Aspirational Readers:

  • Engaging with a range of books
  • Aiming to meet their targets on Accelerated Reader
  • Achieving well in their Accelerated Reader quizzes
  • Being caught reading without instruction (at appropriate times)
  • Choosing their books sensibly (challenging themselves)
  • Showing improvement in their reading skills
  • Being enthusiastic during our Guided Reading sessions
  • Recommending books to others


Click here for the relevant spelling list: