Our goal for English education is that children are able to communicate effectively, for a range of purposes and audiences, by developing:

- understanding of language for communication;

- the ability to speak and write effectively and purposefully; and

- fluency and an enthusiasm for reading, both for pleasure and to learn.


Phonics is taught systematically using Jolly Phonics actions. We incorporate games and lesson ideas from Letters and Sounds with extra small group activities.

The pace of phonics is adapted in order to ensure secure teaching of letter formation and opportunities to revisit letter forming using the Pen Pals family groups. Adequate emphasis is planned for high frequency word learning to support reading progress using PM Benchmark books.

Daily Supported Reading: Reception - Year Two

We use the Daily Supported Reading Programme from the end of Reception to the beginning of Year 2 to teach children to read. Daily Supported Reading (DSR) is a coherent and systematic approach where children work with trained adults in small groups to read and discuss engaging stories daily. The books used are matched to the children’s independent reading levels and staff use differentiated lesson guides to lead the sessions and move children on when they are ready. Weekly feedback and training sessions with all staff involved supports this process. DSR incorporates the three components of a balanced reader: decoding, fluency and phrasing, and comprehension. 

Destination Reader: Year Two – Year Six

Once children are ready in Year 2, and throughout KS2, we use Destination Reader to move children from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’. Destination Reader (DR) involves daily reading sessions which incorporate whole class teaching followed by children applying the skills which have been modelled through partner work and independent reading. Children deepen their understanding of the texts they read through the systematic use of a series of strategies and language stems to support their explanation of these. The eight reading strategies used are predicting, inferring, asking questions, evaluating, clarifying, making connections and summarising.


After being taught initial writing skills, including phonics, letter formation and sentence writing, children learn how to write in a range of genres as they progress through the school. Please have a look at our Whole School English Overview for more detail about this, as well as the key texts we read in each year group.

Debating and Current Affairs

Debating runs throughout our English curriculum and we use a range of Debate Mate games and resources to encourage and enable children to debate and discuss a range of issues. Every year group has set mid-termly motions, linked to curriculum learning, which they will deliberate over throughout each half term. In Year 5 and 6 we have a focus on developing current affairs and critical thinking through Burnet News sessions.


For questions about the provision of English at William Tyndale, please contact the subject leader, Claire Oliver, via parentmessages@williamtyndale.islington.sch.uk