English at Trinity


Early Literacy

At Trinity reading is our priority from the moment the children join us, as phonic skills are vital in the development of competent readers. Through the use of indoor and outdoor provision areas, children have the opportunity to explore, enjoy, learn and use words and text in a range of situations. Writing is encouraged and explored at every opportunity. Children are exposed to both real and alien words regularly to prepare for the phonics screening test, although our priority is creating fluent readers who are enthused about learning to read. We aim to expose children to an increasing range of books, including poetry, with the intention of children using vocabulary and forms of speech influenced by their experience of these books.


Our priority is to nurture a love of reading where children become confident, independent and lifelong readers. We recognise reading as being the key to all learning so, at Trinity, it is our mission to ensure that all children succeed in this area. We have high expectations of our learners and encourage children to read regularly and widely, for the purpose of both education and enjoyment. Through adult modelling, children are encouraged to recommend reading material to their peers as a way of articulating their views and feelings. Children are exposed to high quality texts by a range of authors through both guided reading sessions and through pre-planned cross-curricular topic links. We aim to inspire children through author visits, reading challenges, themed days and supported use of our library.


At Trinity, our aim is to foster competent, confident writers. We recognise that writing is an area that should not be confined to English lessons alone, so opportunities are planned for children to write across the curriculum. Children write in the style of a whole range of genres and teachers plan opportunities for children to be able to vary the purpose, audience and form of their writing. We cater for a range of learning styles through a multitude of resources used to inspire our children’s creative minds: video clips, auditory recordings, trips, visitors, images, drama, talk for writing and high quality texts are some examples of these. Meaningful, real-life purposes for writing are encouraged wherever possible. Children are taught to discuss, plan, draft and edit their writing through teacher modelling and peer support.

Curriculum Intent

At Trinity, we are dedicated to encouraging all children to be passionate about reading and writing.  We are determined that all children will become highly competent readers and writers by the time they leave us.  It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality text to instil a love of reading, a passion for discovery and confidence to explore their imagination.  This in turn will allow them to enjoy the power of being a great writer.

During their time at Trinity, all children will be exposed to high-quality education in English.  This will not only teach pupils to speak and write fluently so they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others but, through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.