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English - Reading and Writing

Our Intent for English

Our Intent for Reading


At Fleet Infant School it our intent to ensure that every child is a competent reader by the end of KS1 and have developed a lifelong love of reading. In order to do this, children are encouraged to read a wide variety of genres during their time in Key Stage 1.  They have access to reading materials through a well-resourced library as well as books in class and books at home which all provide a reading rich environment.  All children will be both independent and reflective readers who can read fluently and for meaning. Children will use a variety of reading skills from early synthetic phonics to decoding and skimming to enable them to access all other areas of learning. As children’s reading develops at different rates, teaching is tailored to each child and their ability.  Children read daily in the classroom either though group reading, individual reading or shared reading.  Children are encouraged to read a range of books in school and at home and communication between staff and parents is encouraged.


Reading Book Worms

To support and encourage reading at home we use Bookworm Rainbow Readers scheme.  If you would like the next colour Bookworm for your child, please click on the PDF below.





Our Intent for Writing


At Fleet Infant School, we teach our children to become confident, capable and enthusiastic writers who will develop a genuine love for writing. It is our intent that every child will learn to become a competent writer by being given exciting, inspiring and original materials and opportunities to support and challenge them.  We will share excellent writing to inspire children to emulate styles across the curriculum. We encourage children to read their work for enjoyment, to read it aloud to others and provide audiences for writing.  All children will leave Fleet Infant School with an understanding that writing has a real purpose and that word choice and style can bring about change.


Our Intent for Handwriting


From September 2022 we will be beginning Nelson Handwriting Scheme which we will begin to use Year R. Children in Year 1 and 2 will continue to use cursive handwriting through the Nelson Handwriting scheme.  This will enable children at Fleet Infant School to develop a clear, fluent, joined, handwriting script that they are proud of.  We teach children at Fleet Infant School handwriting from the beginning of their time here so that they become confident, fluent writers and spellers.


We believe that good presentation skills are important as we want children to value their own work and for others to do the same.  By introducing and teaching handwriting from Early Years, our aim is then for children to be able to focus upon the content of their writing by Year 2 rather than on the mechanics of handwriting. 

Our opportunities for reading to, by and with children at Fleet Infant School.

Our learning in action!

Hook for writing - The Great Fire of London in Year 2. The Rainbow Theatre came to our school and used drama to inspire writing of diaries, poems and stories about the Great Fire of London.

Pirate Day - we then wrote letters home to our adults as pirates at sea!

Our Titanic Exhibition where we shared our Information Pages.

KS1 Curriculum Evening


Thank you to those of you who attended our English Curriculum Evening for parents.  For those of you who were unable to attend, please see below for copies of the presentation, slides from workshops and the handouts. 

Please click here to go to the Department for Education website to see the English programme of study for KS1.

Please see the year group pages for information about what aspects of the English curriculum are currently being taught in your child's class.