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Highfields Primary School


Welcome to Highfields School English page. We hope that you will find some useful information on this page including Year group expectations for English. 

World Book Day Plate Designs 2020 What a fantastic response we had to our 'Design a Story on a Plate' challenge. Here are a few of the stories we designed.

We had a fantastic response to our 2019 World Book Day challenge where every child was invited to create a 'story in a box'. We had over 190 boxes created showing a huge range of artistic and creative talent.  Certificates were given to all of the children who took part and Mrs Doran our Literacy Governor spent a very enjoyable morning in school choosing prize winners from each class.    

At Highfields Primary we follow 'The Read Write Inc' phonics scheme. At the core of 'Read Write Inc' phonics is the lively and vigorous teaching of synthetic phonics. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting skills and spelling (encoding). They read lively Storybooks and Non-fiction books with words they can decode, so they achieve early success in reading. The more sounds they know the greater the range of texts they can read.

In Foundation Stage, children read from the first stage ‘Read Write Inc’ books and red, yellow and blue level books from the Oxford Reading Tree phonic scheme. As their skills progress towards the end of the year they swap onto the schools ‘Individualised Reading’ scheme where they have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books colour coded for the level of decoding skill and comprehension required.

Years 1 and 2 continue to develop their phonic skills by using the higher level ‘Read Write Inc’ books as the core of their group reading lessons.

If you would like to listen to, and find out more about, the sounds to help and support your child with pure sounds at home, please visit

We are always looking at ways to help and encourage our children to access their learning in Literacy through a range of resources. All classes use 'Literacy Working walls' to help support reading and writing and to also record 'work in progress'. Here are some examples from across the school.

What do Ofsted say about English at Highfields?


  • Due to high-quality teaching, the proportion of pupils who achieve the expected standard in the phonics screening check by the end of Year 1 is considerably higher than the national average.


  • Phonics is taught exceptionally well. Teachers expertly model the techniques that they expect pupils to use.


  • Due to the teacher’s enthusiasm and use of interesting teaching strategies, pupils demonstrated great confidence when successfully sounding out unfamiliar words. The pupils’ delight at their achievements was clearly evident. 


  • In 2015, a very large proportion of pupils achieved the expected standard in the phonics screening check. 


  • ‚ÄčBy using the techniques they have learned in earlier years, older pupils make very good independent use of their understanding of phonics and letter combinations to spell complex words such as ‘archaeological’.


  • Pupils’ communication skills are impressively developed. Teachers provide pupils with many opportunities to develop their written and verbal communication. 


  • In a Year 5 lesson, pupils were confidently composing and presenting speeches about the importance of equality. They did so with excellent enunciation and skilful use of expression.




Take a look a the wonderful dream jars children made to celebrate Roald Dahl Day


English plays an integral role in our day to day work at Highfields. We teach lessons every day, using a range of teaching techniques and resources to meet the requirements of the new curriculum. Below you'll find examples of work from across the school; from phonics and writing in the Foundation Stage to the writing books of our Year 6 children. Although these samples are taken from our English books, we expect our children to apply their reading, spelling and writing skills across all subjects.

A journey through English across the school.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar

As part of the National Curriculum all classes are taught aspects of Spelling, punctuation and grammar. Click on the links below to see a glossary that should help you with any unfamiliar terms .