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What is English at Holly Grove?

At Holly Grove Primary School, we believe that English and communication are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners.


English is at the heart of all children’s learning. It enables children both to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and to examine their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas, giving these order and meaning.


We believe that Reading is a life skill that every child should be entitled to have. Without the ability to read and decode text, so much is closed off to a child and later as an adult. We want not only to inspire children through books but also to promote a love of reading to empower our children to become life long readers. Books should not be seen as a chore but as a gateway to other worlds, the opening of our imaginations.


English is central to children’s intellectual, emotional and social development it has an essential role across the curriculum and helps pupils’ learning to be coherent and progressive. Our Torch values can be seen throughout the subject where we use texts to reinforce tolerance, respect, cooperation, responsibility and positivity.


Holly Grove firmly believes that the teaching of the English curriculum will be inclusive to all children, inspiring them through an outstanding learning experience, which will enable them to make good progress and leave us as responsible, happy citizens with hopefully a love of Reading.

We Read (New online home reading log)

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Online reading log for parents to record home reading instead of a paper based reading diaries.


Phonics and Early Reading is closely linked, At Holly Grove we follow 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds' phonics programme. In line with the programme children have access to Big Cat Collins reading books. 

All children in Reception and Year 1 have 3 reading sessions a week.

1st Session - Decoding  - where children will read their new book homing in on their phonics knowledge and skills

2nd Session - Prosody - This is where children will learn about using expression in their voice when reading, 

3rd Session - Comprehension- Having a more in depth look at the story that children are reading. 


For more information regarding phonics at Holly Grove, please click on the link:



English Pupil Voice At Holly Grove


Our English curriculum aims to inspire and educate our children to be able to confidently read, write and comprehend a wide range of written materials.


The documents below identify the key elements which we believe are important to incorporate into our English lessons for the children to build on previously taught knowledge and to deepen and secure key concepts. 

  • Our pathway for a unit of work in English (Please note: the order of the pathway may be different but all elements will still be covered).
  • Our pathway for a lesson in English and Whole Class Reading (Please note: the order of the pathway may be different but all elements will still be covered).

Our English Curriculum


Two Year Cycles

Additional Information

The following resources are progression grids for other elements of the English curriculum including spelling and text types.

Suggested Websites

Please note these are external links and we cannot be held responsible for the content.