English Curriculum at Bramber Primary

Spoken Language at Bramber Primary School

Talking is fundamental to learning. From EYFS, we encourage our children to speak clearly, confidently and with expression in order to stage their ideas and opinions.

Just as important is the need to listen carefully and respond in an appropriate way.

At Bramber, we give the children opportunities to develop their speaking and listening skills in all areas of the curriculum. Therefore, discussion, role play, poetry recital and drama are key elements in our learning.

Reading at Bramber Primary School

Children who read for pleasure gain a richer vocabulary, wider knowledge and develop critical thinking. Children are regularly involved in reading workshops that provide children with a rich reading experience that incorporates individual, paired, group and whole class reading. The children are given opportunities to develop their reading (decoding) skills and comprehension skills. We encourage regular reading at home to maintain and extend this learning. In Key Stage Two, children are given more responsibility for making their own reading choices from the excellent reading resources we have in class and in the school library. From Year 4 onwards, the children use Accelerated Reader.  Please see further information about this on our 'Phonics, Spelling and Reading' page.

Writing at Bramber Primary School

The writing curriculum has three areas:

  • composition (articulating ideas and structuring them through speech and writing).

  • grammar, punctuation and vocabulary

  • transcription (spelling and handwriting)

At Bramber, we develop all these areas through our learning, with an aim to develop independent writers. We want our children to be the best writers that they can be with a high command of the written word. We give the children plenty of opportunities to write. Our writing links closely with our topics so that writing is meaningful and purposeful.  We ensure that children are confident in the writing process: to draft, edit and ‘publish’ a final copy of their writing. We allow children time to improve their writing based on feedback from their teachers and peers. We place value on the development of correct letter formation, leading to joined, legible handwriting. Synthetic phonics underpins the teaching of reading and spelling in Key Stage 1. As the children move through Key Stage 2, children will continue to learn phonics where necessary and then focus on the spelling rules and key vocabulary that are a statutory part of the National Curriculum.


Further information on how we teach phonics and reading in Key Stage One can be found on this website.