Oakworth Primary School and Nursery

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English at Oakworth

We firmly believe that reading and writing cannot be separated, and they intrinsically link to each other. 

Teaching of English at Oakworth is taught daily in a discrete lesson, as well as being an integral part of our creative curriculum.  In our teaching of English, we follow the CLPE Power of Reading approach across school, providing our children with many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion.  Each English unit is taught by studying a high-quality text where writing opportunities are derived from.  This approach not only develops children’s love of reading, but ensures that writing is put into context, something which we are highly passionate about.


Here are some of the fantastic books the children have been studying this year.

Reading at Oakworth

Reading is at the heart of our curriculum and the children are encouraged to read widely through our reading scheme and year group libraries.  Each child has a book banded reading book that matches their phonetic ability and a chosen library book.

Guided Reading

Our Guided Reading sessions take place daily in class and cover a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction books.  These sessions help to advance the children’s comprehension, inference and retrieval skills.

Reading for Pleasure

Each week, we spend time reading for pleasure in our classrooms.  When we read for pleasure, we are able to choose the books we wish to read and enjoy, we can choose to share a book with a peer, choose to read topic books related to the wider curriculum or listen to an adult in the classroom reading aloud.  Additionally, all classes have a class novel and adults regularly read aloud to the children to further promote the love of reading.


Each year group has a shared library where the children visit on a regular basis.  Books can be borrowed from the library so children can enjoy reading these at home with family and friends.

What is Phonics

‘Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.
Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read.

Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.’

National Literacy Trust, 2020

Phonics at Oakworth

Phonic awareness helps the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds.  The children are taught a phonics lesson daily. 

Currently, we are following the progression from  the Letters and Sounds phonics programme and we are in the process of moving to a validated Systematic, Synthetic Phonics Programme (SSP)  that suits the needs of our children. 



Useful Phonic Resources for Home

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Click here to help your child learn the Phase 2 phonic sounds.


Click here to help your child learn the Phase 3 phonic sounds.


Click here to help your child learn the Phase 5 phonic sounds.


Click here to register for free ebooks from the Oxford Owl website.  All books are colour banded and these match the colour bands used at Oakworth Primary

Phase 2 - 5 Tricky Words

Year 1 - Year 6 Common Exception Words

Help your child to learn to read and write these words :)