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Northgate Primary School

Northgate Primary School


English statement of intent  

By the time they leave Northgate we aim for our children to; 

Have experienced an exciting, innovative English curriculum which enables and empowers their creativity, written and oral communication whilst developing a love for reading. 


The main scheme used at Key Stage 1 is Oxford Reading Tree (ORT).  Other schemes such as Pearson Bug Club supplement the scheme.  At Key Stage 2 the children will continue to use the ORT, Rigby Star and Songbirds if appropriate. After ORT the children use non-scheme library books. An awareness of the need to provide multi-cultural books and books appealing to boys as well as girls is reflected in the books bought for the library.  Each classroom has a selection of age appropriate books which include fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Our guided reading schemes are based around Oxford Reading Tree in Reception and Key Stage 1 and Project X and Michael Morpurgo's Chosen Stories in Key Stage 2.


‘Letters and Sounds’ is taught at Foundation Stage and KS1, supplemented by Jolly Phonics.


No single scheme is followed for writing, grammar and punctuation and spelling.  Class teachers use a variety of sources and strategies including Talk for Writing and the Westover Green Spelling Scheme.

Spoken Language

Pupil presentations, poetry recitals and debate take place in classes, year groups and in whole school situations.  Talk Boost is used as an intervention programme at FS, KS1 and KS2 to support pupils who find spoken and written language challenging.