Useful English Information

What are our aims?

  • Children will read with confidence for both pleasure and purpose.
  • Children will be able to write clearly, creatively and accurately for a range of purposes and audiences, with a fluent style of handwriting.
  • Children will develop a wide vocabulary and become competent in the arts of speaking and listening.

The 2014 National Curriculum states that: 

‘teachers should develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.’

Children at Hayfield School follow a structured approach when learning phonics (letters and sounds), which leads to an enjoyment of reading and understanding a wide variety of texts. Opportunities for writing are made exciting and have a purpose; children have a real sense of their audience. Our children develop their confidence to speak both formally and informally throughout their time at Hayfield. We have many ways to support children who are finding reading or writing a challenge using a range of resources including ICT, 1-1 time with adults and focussed working groups. We teach our pupils to have a good understanding of their progress and the next steps in their learning.

Parents and carers are always welcome to discuss any queries about the teaching of English with their child’s teacher.

How can you help your child at home?


It is important to remember that children are continuing to develop reading skills all the way through their time at primary school. Therefore, in order to help your child, we ask that you:

  • Hear your child read at least four times a week and complete their reading diary.
  • Read a bedtime story to your child every day, regardless of their age.
  • Talk about what children are reading/listening to in order to strengthen understanding.
  • Discuss new words and actively aim to increase vocabulary.
  • Role model a love of literature (books, comics, newspapers, audio books). 
  • Read for a real reason – recipes, building a model, checking the sports results etc.
  • Visit your local library.



  • Help your child practise any spellings sent home from school.
  • Sit with your child while they complete any grammar homework tasks.
  • Encourage your child to play with paper and pencils – notepads, diaries, colouring books.
  • Find opportunities for real writing – shopping lists, letters, posters, labels.


Useful websites and apps for English

Below are a selection of websites and apps that you may find helpful in supporting your child’s learning in English. If any parents or carers know of any other great English resources that we haven’t put on here, please let us know so that we can get them added to the list.

Phonics Play (subscription)
Squeebles (subscription)
Audible (subscription)
Woodlands Literacy Zone
Oxford Owl Learning at Home
ICT games Literacy
BBC Bitesize English