Brookhurst Primary School
A place to think and grow


Understanding the English language underpins most of the learning a child does. We encourage a love of reading, a curiosity about words, an ability to write coherently for many different audiences, a need to listen in an understanding way and be clear when speaking.

At Brookhurst we aim to teach children key literacy skills by:

  1. delivering the National Curriculum for English
  2. following the National Literacy Strategy

Speaking and listening

  1. Children of every age engage in regular philosophical discussions with their class
  2. Children are taught drama skills which are then used to support learning in the rest of the curriculum
  3. Children are given opportunities to speak in front of an audience in termly class assemblies and in school productions

Approach to reading and the appreciation of literature and KS1 reading schemes

  1. Children are taught to read using a range of strategies
  2. Children are given opportunities to read alone, with an adult, in groups and with a child from another age group
  3. Shared Reading – Children all read from the same text in chorus or individually turn taking with others following
  4. Guided Reading – Sharing a text in a smaller group, discussing their comprehension of the text layout, referring to the text to answer questions and justify opinions
  5. Individual Reading – Children are heard read on an individual basis in KS1 and in KS2
  6. Independent Reading – Children are given the opportunity to read independently wherever possible
  7. Reading for pleasure – children are given the opportunity to read a variety of materials which reflect their particular interests e.g. magazines, individual genres, specific authors, books that reflect personal hobbies etc.
  8. Adults share their favourite children’s books with children
  9. Authors, journalists and poets are invited into school to share their craft
  10. In key stage 1 we use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. This reading programme uses synthetic phonics to enable the children to develop their reading skills


Children are taught to write for many different purposes. These skills can then be applied in other areas of the curriculum.

  1. Stories
  2. Poetry
  3. Biography/ autobiography
  4. Reports
  5. Recounts
  6. Information writing