Intent, Implementation, Impact,
The teaching of English at Ethelbert Road is designed to create endless opportunities to provide a positive reading, writing and speaking culture, where all are promoted, enjoyed and considered ‘a pleasure’ for all children. We aim to ensure that all of our children are given learning opportunities to achieve their full potential in all areas of English.
By giving children the key skills and knowledge, they will be enabled to access material in all curriculum areas, and provide a foundation for learning throughout their school career and beyond.
To achieve this, teachers are focused on delivering a rich and exciting curriculum, teaching key skills through topics and texts. We engage pupils with the joy and wonder of books, piquing their imagination and creativity.
succeed and move forward with their reading skills, rewarding them for their efforts.
We use Letters and Sounds as a structural basis of our phonics programme, which provides the sequence of learning and the structure for our assessments, but we enrich the programme with carefully chosen resources and activities in order to meet the criteria set down by the DfE for good phonics teaching.
Our Literacy/Early Years Leader regularly monitors provision of our phonics programme, to ensure that learning meets our high standards, that lessons are muli-sensory and that children’s progress is carefully tracked.
We make sure all new staff are given high quality phonics CPD, and we provide regular ‘refreshers’ in terms of monitoring and feedback, staff twilights, and peer coaching, using our own experts to demonstrate lessons and share experiences. We all tach to the same programme.
This is delivered both at school and home. Books are categorised into phases to ensure each child receives the correct phase reading book for their ability. Letters and Sounds is delivered from Reception to Year 2 and we run a phonics intervention program for any KS2 pupils who need further phonics support. Our Reading Teaching Assistant supports all of these sessions.
Alongside KS2, to support children with their fluency and understanding on their reading journey, children participate in shared reading and guided reading. In Reception, KS1 and some KS2 classes, 1:1 reading is used to support children with their progression through the book bands.
At Ethelbert, we encourage a love of reading through our well-resourced library, special events such as National Poetry Day and World Book Day, Shakespeare Club, author visits, book fairs and Book Club. During daily reading time, as well as through English lessons, all children have classic texts read to them in all year groups. This may include Traditional Tales and Rhymes in EYFS and KS1 through to classic novels in KS2. Detailed Text Maps depict the texts shared in each year group and clear progression.
Reading is not only encouraged at school, but at home too, on a daily basis. We also promote holiday reading activities and library challenges. Along with use of reading band books and school library books, children have online access to Pickatale. This online tool aims to support children and parents with fluency and promote reading for pleasure through quality texts and fun quizzes.
High quality texts are also used as a springboard to inspire our children with their writing. We embed a positive writing culture by promoting and championing excellence in writing modelled by leading authors and poets. Transcription is taught through the teaching of spelling through key skills sessions with a focus on spelling patterns, root words, prefixes, suffixes and common exception words. We have recently purchased the Sir Linkalot Spelling App to support the learning of spellings in a fun and interactive way. Teachers follow the sequence of review, teach, practise, apply. Grammar and punctuation rules are taught in key skills sessions, and also alongside writing objectives. We aim to develop composition of writing through an awareness of audience, purpose and context. Key literary devices and the use of a wide vocabulary are considered paramount when developing writing skills. Our children regularly keep word banks to collect new and ambitious vocabulary. We also champion learning a key word every morning with the Mrs Wordsmith Storyteller's Word of the Day.
Daily 15-minute sessions with the dyslexia-friendly Nessy Reading and Spelling Scheme provide additional support to children with their literacy skills.
Associate Schools Programme;
We are really proud to be chosen to participate in the Associate Schools Programme 2021-2023 in partnership with The Marlowe Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) for a third consecutive time. The programme is targeted towards schools who want to develop and improve access to Shakespeare, and to deliver the best teaching in the classroom through active drama techniques. Through the Associate Schools Programme we have received fantastic development training for teachers and rich cultural and learning experiences for our children. We are now regarded as a strong partnership school and were the only school chosen to perform at the Marlowe Theatre’s Annual Supporters Dinner 2019.
All year groups take part in Shakespeare workshops led by our Creative Arts Leader. These workshops develops our children’s speaking and listening skills, curiosity of language, use of ambitious words and build confidence. Children learn to read scripts and use this rich language in their writing.
By the end of their journey at Ethelbert Road Primary School, our children leave with highly developed communication skills that they can take with them to secondary education and beyond. Success is not only achieved through children’s attainment, but through their engagement with, and enthusiasm for, the many English opportunities that have been provided throughout their time with us.
Upon transition to secondary school, our children can read fluently and widely, with a thirst for reading a range of genres and text types, including poetry. Children appreciate the joy and wonder of reading and are able to express preferences and opinions about the texts that they read.
2019 National Data (last recorded data due to the COVID Pandemic)
■ Key stage 2 progress in reading (2.2) was significantly above national and in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019.
Attainment (all key stages)
■ Key stage 2 attainment of the expected standard (100+) in reading (90%) was significantly above national and in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019 as well as in 2018.
■ The three-year average reading attainment score (109.2) was in the highest 20%.
■ Early years foundation stage attainment of the expected standard in the reading early learning goal was not significantly different to national
■ Key stage 2 progress in writing (3.0) was significantly above national and in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019.
■Writing progress has improved between 2018 and 2019.
Attainment (all key stages)
■ Key stage 2 attainment of the expected standard in writing (97%) was significantly above national and in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019.
■Key stage 2 attainment of greater depth in writing (43%) was significantly above national and in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019.
■ Key stage 1 attainment of the expected standard in writing (86%) was significantly above national and in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019.
■ Early years foundation stage attainment of the expected standard in the writing early learning goal was not significantly different to national
■In 2019, 87% of pupils achieved the key stage 2 expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, significantly above national and in the highest 20% of all schools.
Ethelbert Road Primary School was awarded 'Best School' in the Live Canon Children's Anthology Awards 2021 and received two Kent Literacy Awards, one in 2019 for ‘Best Library’ and one in 2020 for our ‘Reading Ambassador Scheme’.