English at Brimsdown

The development of children’s language is crucial to their success across the curriculum. We want all children to be excellent communicators, to listen actively and to speak with confidence. At Brimsdown, children are helped to develop a love of reading, clear phonic strategies and taught to be skilful and imaginative writers. Our Fast Feedback approach allows children to self-reflect on their learning and have regular conferences with their teachers to discuss their next steps.

At Brimsdown, we aim to help pupils think about their own learning more explicitly, by teaching them strategies for monitoring and evaluating their learning. We believe that language is the key to learning within our environment. We aim for all pupils to speak, read and write Standard English fluently and accurately, while acknowledging that a pupil’s own dialect, or other language is of prime importance.




Literacy and Language

Literacy and Language provides careful guidance to develop children’s reading comprehension and writing composition, with an emphasis on using grammar correctly. Through drama and whole class discussions, children acquire a wide vocabulary and have opportunities to articulate clearly and elaborate their understanding of ideas.  It stimulates and challenges children’s thinking to create enthusiastic, lifelong readers and writers.  The structure of the programme exposes children at Brimsdown to a range of stories and genres to capture their imaginations.

Core text  

At Brimsdown, we are passionate about children having access to a range of quality texts to promote a deep love for learning.  We believe introducing a range of genres that develop higher order thinking skills and reading stamina, enhances children’s writing.  Guided writing sessions are used to target specific needs of both groups and individuals, whilst children have opportunities to write at length in extended independent writing sessions at the end of each unit. The children are given frequent opportunities to write in different contexts using quality texts as a model and for a variety of purposes and audiences.


Reading at Brimsdown

At Brimsdown we are a reading for pleasure school. The use of high quality books within the reading curriculum is at the heart of our school's successful approach to engage and support children to become motivated and independent readers.  Each year group takes part in a whole-class reading session.

 We believe reading a book aloud creates a fantastic shared experience, giving our children access to texts that promote a love for reading. Children enjoy learning about new authors, adventures and worlds.



Brimsdown use the 'Reading with DERIC' approach- DECODE, EXPLAIN, RETRIEVE, INTERPRET, CHOICE during a whole class shared reading experience. We ensure to select high quality texts from a range of authors to engage and support the curriculum. Teachers carefully model the thinking processes when reading to enhance vocabulary and inferencing. D.E.R.I.C scaffolds the process of interpreting information, giving reasons and justifications to the choice of layout and vocabulary.



Daily Supported Reading


The Daily Supported Reading (DSR) is a classroom programme that takes place within Year 1 three times a week. DSR helps children make accelerated progress by working with trained adults in small groups and reading books that have been specifically matched to the children’s reading attainment. Furthermore, regular assessments take place to ensure that there is movement between each group, so that children are fully supported and challenged to achieve their full potential.


Reading at home

Help children to enjoy reading each day by making it part of their daily routine.   Children will be sent home with their reading book and reading record book daily. Once the child has read, a note in the reading record book should be logged. In KS1, home reading books will be changed once the child has finished reading it. In KS2 (Years 3-6), children are responsible for changing their reading books at least twice a week.