English at St Charles


Reading is very important to us at St Charles – we do everything we can to foster a love and enjoyment of reading, for our children. This includes reading a variety of different books in different contexts, as well as having a wide range of home readers for the children to enjoy.


Writing is taught through the ‘Literacy and Language’ scheme from Year 2 upwards. The scheme develops children’s comprehension, writing and spoken language.

At St. Charles, we use a step-by-step approach through whole class shared reading of complete texts, to develop comprehension skills and give children the confidence and skills to write ambitiously and accurately.

In addition, we teach writing through regular extended writes linked to current history and geography topics.


From Year 2, we use Ruth Miskin’s ‘Read, Write, Inc Spelling’ to ensure spelling success. Underpinned by phonics, the programme covers all of the spelling requirements of the National Curriculum.