Children bring a wealth of varied experience of speaking and listening with them. The school is able to build on this by providing opportunities to play and work together, to tell stories, to listen and recall stories and also to act out every day situations.

We consistently develop children's knowledge, skills and understanding of English which is core to our curriculum.We aim to ensure all pupils become confident in the fundamentals of English, read fluently, often, widely and for pleasure; write for a range of purposes confidently, applying their knowledge and skills of spelling and grammar appropriately and consistently; write legibly in a cursive style and communicate confidently using a broad vocabulary developed by immersion in our Whitby Heath Way curriculum.

Our Whitby Heath Way curriculum is bespoke to our school, ensuring children are immersed in the theme they are learning and this includes their English learning, both reading and writing.

We believe that immersing our children through a variety of high quality texts, they will develop the range of vocabulary they are confident to use, and develop a love of reading.

We teach our English curriculum through our adapted use of the Pathways to Read and Pathways to Write programmes. These are text lead approaches where we explore a genre while developing fundamental reading and writing skills.

Our children are read to by their teachers and are listened to while we foster a culture where children enjoy reading.

Children are surrounded by books from the moment they enter school. The children are taught to read by a variety of methods. The children are encouraged to take books home to read throughout the school, including books for pleasure. We have developed our "Strive for 5" approach where our teachers check in on the children's reading and celebrate frequent reading at home through the use of our Whitby Heath Strive for 5 stickers and giving of team points for praise.

The teaching of phonics is very important in the early years. We use a recognised programme of daily systematic, synthetic phonics teaching (Read, Write, Inc.) which helps our children get to know all the phonics (sounds) and be able to read them and use them in their writing. Please see our phonics page for more information. 

Children are encouraged to write from an early age on various topics of interest to them. Grammatical skills, punctuation and spelling are introduced and based on the child’s own written work. All children experience English lessons every day with gaps and misconceptions being further developed through Target time.

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Whitby Heath Primary School

Ellesmere Port,
CH65 6RJ

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Main Contact: Mrs. R. Jewitt (Head Teacher)

Tel: 0151 355 1781
admin@whitbyheath.cheshire.sch.uk or help@whitbyheath.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Miss. C. Monins

SEN Email: senco@whitbyheath.cheshire.sch.uk