It is our aim that during their time at Beck Primary school, children learn to express themselves fully when speaking and writing and understand even subtle meaning when reading and listening. We also believe it is vital that children develop a love of reading, writing and performing.

English at Beck

Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening are skills which are developed through a child’s whole time at Beck. They learn to understand and tell stories (Narrative Talk), understand and present different side of an argument (Persuasive talk), give and receive instructions, get involved in discussion and debate (Discussion talk), and present their ideas to an audience (Performance Talk).



Reading is another skill which we promote throughout the curriculum. We have a reading corner in all of our classrooms through school, a fully stocked school library and Book Nook and we invest in new books on a yearly basis. In addition to this we also have an annual reading challenge using a ‘house point system’ through the whole of school.

In Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2 we use a large variety of books from a number of reading schemes such as: Big Cat Collins, Project X, Engage Literacy and PM Books, the aim of this is to provide a diverse range of reading material to help engage our early readers. We assess our readers using the PM bench marking kit which is a levelled approach. Pupils read in school and also have a book to take home to read daily.

In Upper Key Stage 2 pupils move onto the Accelerated Reader program by Renaissance Learning. Pupils choose from a range of books to take home to read daily and are assessed using the Accelerated Reader Star test. They also have allocated guided reading time as part of their weekly timetable.


Writing includes learning a range of skills such as spelling, grammar and handwriting in order to present ideas. At Beck we understand the importance of learning the skills of writing and children learn and practise the spelling of words, grammar and handwriting within English lessons and in discreet sessions. Spellings are also sent home each week for children to practise and follow the guidance in the 2014 National Curriculum. We also understand the importance of composing interesting texts. Children have the opportunity to write Narrative (stories), Non-fiction and Poetry over each term. They also learn to draft, edit, improve and publish their own work ultimately presenting a piece which they are proud of.



Phonics is useful in teaching children how to read and write words using phonemes and digraphs (the sounds in words) and the corresponding written graphemes (the sound in the word in its written form). A synthetic phonics approach is used throughout school, particularly from Foundation One to Year Two, to teach children the basic skills they need to read and write.

The programme teaches children the skills and knowledge to decode words more accurately and gives them the strategies to segment and blend words so that they can read and write them. Children also learn tricky words that cannot be attempted using the children's phonics skills. There are six phonic stages that the children learn and progress through between F1 and Y6. Beck Primary School has created a phonics scheme based on the Jolly Phonics programme and the government document, 'Letters and Sounds; a synthetic approach to phonics'.

If you would like to support your child with their phonics learning please use the resources below and ask your teacher about your child's phonics phase.