English unites the important literacy skills of:
  • Reading 
  • Writing 
  • Speaking and listening 
  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS).
At Clarborough Primary School we recognise that English is a core subject within the new National Curriculum 2014 and a pre-requisite for educational and social progress. We believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that language allows children to communicate creatively and imaginatively as well as enabling them to engage with the world at large.
We also intend to help children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.

We teach phonics in the following ways:
  • through Direct phonics;
  • through Personalised phonics boosters;
  • through Direct phonics adapted to pupil’s individual needs;
  • through Hornet and Word Wasp;
  • using Toe by toe.


The following resources are used to support reading in school:

  • Switch on books
  • Accelerated Reader (as pupils become more independent and fluent)
  • Use of of book bands Pink to Orange (Book Bands for guided reading)
  • Unlimited exchanges of books through Nottinghamshire County Council’s Education Library Service. This ensures that the library is well stocked with a range of books to suit reading ability and interests.