St Saviour C of E Primary School, Fold Rd, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 1EU


St Saviour C of E Primary School

Striving for excellence whilst caring for all



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What English looks like at St Saviour



At St Saviour Primary school, we promote a love for reading and equip our children with the skills they need to become confident, independent readers.

How reading is taught

Reading is taught initially through rigorous and systematic phonics.  The sessions are lively, often interactive and are ability matched to our pupils using the programme, ‘Letters and Sounds.’  Children work through the 5 phases and start as soon as they begin their learning journey in Reception.



Knowledge and Skills

Phase 1  

Children build up their knowledge of sounds and learn to discriminate between different sounds by playing with rhyme and rhythm.

Phase 2

Children learn 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each.  They start to learn how to blend sounds together to make words and segment words into their separate sounds.

Phase  3

Children learn the remaining 7 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each.  They are also taught that two letters can make one sound e.g ch, oo, th.

Phase  4

Children are taught how to blend and segment longer words that contain more sounds.

Phase  5

Children learn alternative ways of spelling the sounds thy have already learned.



All of our Key Stage 1 children have access to a variety of texts and read twice per week to an adult (One 1:1 reading session and 1 guided read). These one-to-one sessions enable teachers to develop pupils’ decoding skills, so they have many strategies at their disposal for if they encounter unfamiliar words.  In addition, guided reading sessions take place once per week and these focus mainly on comprehension.  These sessions  are fun and give children the opportunity to enjoy and discuss texts with their friends.


In Key Stage 2, when basic reading skills have been firmly established, children read more regularly in groups and continue to work on their mastery of skills, such as: vocabulary; prediction, summarising, justifying with evidence and inference.


Reading for Pleasure

Every classroom has an exciting and engaging reading corner designed to promote a love of reading. Children have access to a variety of genres and can use their reading area at different times throughout the day. Reading for pleasure is also promoted through daily story time, which offers children the chance to experience different authors and simply immerse themselves in language.



Basic writing skills are initially taught through a play-based curriculum in Reception.  When these are in place, pupils take part in ‘Wizard Writer’ sessions which…..

In Key stage two, when basic writing skills are established, pupils write very regularly across the whole curriculum.  After carefully studying a particular writing genre, pupils have the opportunity to practise their skills in a Big Write session to produce a final piece of writing.  They are then expected to proof read and edit their own work.  Children are celebrated as writers regularly in our Special Mention assemblies, receiving a certificate from Mr Southern.


How writing is taught

If you click on the link below, you will see an overview of writing that takes place in each year group.


Year Group Literacy Overviews


We support our lively English curriculum with trips, visitors to school and themed days.  These provide us with very valuable writing inspiration.

Have a look what we have been up to.


Year 4 and 5  had the pleasure of attending a Zoom poetry workshop with the wonderful Michael Rosen.  He was incredibly funny and gave us some great tips for writing poetry!

Year 5 have been performing the Spider and the Fly in class.

They have also done some hot seating. 

Year 5 have been taking part in some drama as part of their History topic on World War Two.

Year 2 have been recommending books to each other, don't they look comfy!