English

Holy Trinity follows both the National Curriculum and the Literacy Strategy in English.  We aim to instil a love of reading and writing from the time children arrive at school.

We understand the need for all pupils to develop confidence and competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening in order for them to learn as much as possible and equip them for the future as well as increase their self-esteem.

The school has an up-to-date well stocked library and children are encouraged to use it to take home books to read.  A range of published reading schemes are used to support children’s reading in addition to a wide-range of books by published authors. New titles are added each year to keep abreast with the latest publications available to children.

Reading scheme books used:
  • Oxford Reading Tree- Floppy’s Phonics
  • Read, Write, Inc
  • Bug’s club (Pearson)
Chapter books:
  • Colour First Reader
  • Early Reader
  • Lucky Stars Books
  • Walker Stories
  • Walker Books
  • Anderson Press
  • Orchard Books
  • Orchard
  • Orion
  • Egmont
  • Macmillan
  • Scholastic

Children are given opportunities to write for a variety of purposes and audiences.  They are taught to use writing as a means of developing, organising and communicating ideas.  The forms in which they write include stories, poems, diaries and plays, as well as reports, instructions, notes and letters.

Holy Trinity values the importance of drama within the school programme.  Whenever possible, classes are taken to the theatre and companies also come to perform at the school. The class assembly provides the opportunity for children to perform in front of an audience.

We aim for all children to be able to write clearly and to develop a fluent, legible cursive handwriting style. Children are taught a joined up style from Years 2 and 3 if it is appropriate. From Year Four onwards, children progress from writing in pencil to writing in pen based on their ability to form legible letters and age appropriate presentation expectations.