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Pilton Infants' School

Learning For Life

Welcome to our page all about our English Curriculum

On this page you will find:

  • A detailed overview of our English Curriculum
  • The school's Reading and Writing Policies 
  • Information on how we promote Reading for Pleasure

On the drop down menu from our Parent page, you can find more detailed information for parents including videos made by our teaching staff, a jargon buster to help understand phonics and grammar and an overview of spelling.  There are lots of ideas on how you can support your child with reading, phonics, spelling and handwriting.


Curriculum Overview for English:

Our Reading and Writing Policies

Please click on the links below to view our policies:

Reading Policy 2021

Writing Policy 2021

Reading for Pleasure at Pilton Infants' School

Our intent is that all children will leave Pilton Infants' School as confident, fluent readers, with a  love of reading which they can take with them through their education and beyond.

Here are just a few of the ways we foster a love of reading:

  • Our subject leader stays up to date on new titles through the subject leader briefing and her own love of books.
  • Teachers model an enthusiasm for reading.  We share and discuss books daily in all classes and members of staff also discuss their own love of reading out of school.
  • Each class has their own reading area.   Each area will include well thumbed copies of old favourites as well as new, current writers.  We have a very generous budget for buying new texts including some bought through fundraising by our PTFA and our local Usborne representative.  For example, for World Book Day 2021, we ran a sponsored read.  With the matched funding from Usborne, we were able to purchase nearly £600 worth of brand new books for the children!
  • Through modelling by our members of staff, children learn how to select, respond to, revisit and explore books.  
  • Children take home a reading book closely matched to their phonic ability and also select books to share at home.
  • We have signed up to Oxford Owl so that each child has access to hundreds of books.
  • We are in the process of setting up a partnership with the charity Bookmark who provide reading mentors for children.
  • In 'normal' times, we would also have volunteers in school who hear children read and/ or read to the children.
  • We celebrate World Book Day each year and work with local book providers to source the free books for children who are unable to go and get their own books.
  • We link with our local library to promote the Summer Reading Challenge, and in 'normal times', Year 2 visit the library and sign up for their own library card.

Each class has their own Reading for Pleasure book.  This is usually sent home with a different child every night and they add to the book with a review or recommendation.   Children then make recommendations to their classmates and swap books.

During the Covid pandemic, we won't be sending these home.   However, you can work with your child at home and review books in their reading diary.  This can be in the form of writing or a picture.   You can see some examples of the reviews below.