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English is a vital life skill that encompasses all aspects of communication; speaking and listening, reading and writing. In order for children to develop into confident adults, it is essential that they develop these skills effectively and with confidence. I believe a lasting love for the written and spoken word can open up a whole world of adventure and possibilities that allow children to explore both worlds in reality and let them loose in a world of imagination. It is therefore important that children have access to quality texts and resources and are immersed in an engaging curriculum that opens up ideas and stimulates their thinking.

Miss Byers

Please click the links below for information about the different aspects of our English curriculum. 


Please click the link below to view our English policy.

 Literacy Curriculum Intent


At Fairchildes, our intention for our reading curriculum is that all children are fully immersed in a range of literature that inspires their thinking and imagination; allows them to read fluently with confidence and develops their love and passion for reading. Our provision allows children to become independent life-long learners. We achieve this through:

  • Story time every day
  • A text led curriculum using high quality texts
  • Full range of genres
  • Teaching of Reading
  • ELS phonics programme
  • ELS daily phonics interventions to support children with decoding and comprehension skills
  • Subscription to Oxford Owls
  • Highly engaging class libraries that are well stocked
  • Organising for parent volunteers to listen to children read
  • Book Week
  • Weekly Book Swap
  • Reading clubs
  • Reading Pioneers to promote love of reading


Writing is an essential life skill, beyond the classroom. At Fairchildes, our intention for our writing curriculum is that all children are given the opportunity to write in all styles, with a focus on creative writing and writing for a purpose so that they are able to write effectively and succeed in their future. Our provision develops the necessary skills for this to be achieved through:

  • A text led curriculum using high quality texts
  • Use of a full range of media
  • Use of drama and role play (See Speaking and Listening link above)
  • Full range of writing styles
  • A focus on writing for a purpose
  • High expectations of writing across the curriculum
  • Handwriting scheme to develop fluency and presentation
  • A structured GPS scheme that builds the technical aspects needed for writing
  • Subscription to Spellingframe
  • ELS phonics scheme (and interventions) that develops spelling

English trips and Activities

  • 360 trip to a book shop
  • Reading pioneers visit local book shop to select books for the school
  • Theatre visits to Polka Theatre Wimbledon and London West End.
  • Visit to New Addington Library
  • Author visit
  • Academy Spelling Bee

For more able children:

  • Academy creative writing trip to Chistlehurst Caves
  • A I M higher writing

English clubs

  • Reading Pioneer Lunchtime Reading
  • Early Morning Reading
  • Phonics
  • Book swap every Monday after school

English Interventions

  • Targeted children for: Reading, Phonics, Spelling and Handwriting

    Fairchildes Primary School

    Fairchildes Avenue, New Addington, Croydon, CR0 0AH
    01689 842268