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At English Martyrs’, we believe that a stimulating and creative English curriculum will give our children the best possible opportunity to become confident, literate and successful members of society. In order to build in a deep-rooted love of English language and literature, we ensure that at the very heart of our thematic curriculum, lie rich- texts and inspirational teaching, which brings learning to life.

Please find documents at the bottom of this page to help with your child's reading.

Early Reading and Phonics


At English Martyrs’, we endeavour to ensure all pupils are fluent and successful readers by the end of Key Stage 1. This is achieved through high quality, discrete phonics teaching, whole class reading sessions, listening to children read every day and promoting a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ culture. 

We follow the Letters and Sounds principles and practice of high quality phonics. Letters and Sounds is designed to teach children how the alphabet works for reading and spelling. Systematic, high quality phonics teaching is essential and is needed for children to achieve the goal of reading. Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 enjoy 30 minute phonic lessons each day.

Daily Phonics Lessons

Join in daily Letters and Sounds phonics lessons on YouTube throughout the summer term. Designed and delivered by experts, these lessons use the Letters and Sounds programme and have been funded by the Department for Education.

There are three sets of daily lessons to choose from and we suggest your child starts with one set of lessons most suitable to their year group and reading ability. 

Reception (Lessons uploaded at 10 am) For children who can confidently blend and read words such as ‘fish’, ‘chat’ and ‘rain’.

Year 1 (Lessons uploaded at 10:30 am) - For children who can confidently blend and read words such as ‘stamp’, ‘chair and ‘green’.

Learning to Blend (Lessons uploaded at 11 am) - For children who need extra practice sounding and reading words such as ‘tap’, ‘cap’, ‘mat’ and ‘pat’.

EYFS/Key Stage 1 Phonics and Reading Policy

Developing Early Readers in KS2 Policy

The Phonic Code

Reading and Emotional Well-being

Please read the PowerPoint below to learn more about the link between reading and well-being. During these uncertain and strange times, reading provides a vital opportunity for escapism and allows children a break away from whatever may be worrying them.  Children who read and write for pleasure are more able to develop the emotional literacy skills that they need to take control of situations where they might feel vulnerable. Reading broadens their vocabulary so they can express their feelings more accurately, while writing – whether that’s stories, poems, a diary or even notes to friends – gives them an outlet for their emotions.

Vocal Coaching to Improve Our Speech

Learning Poetry by Heart

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Year 6 had a go at learning classic and contemporary poems off by heart.

Websites to use at home:


  1. - a website with many illustrated stories for children of all ages to read online.
  2. – you will need a code from your teacher to access books. This website also has Accelerated Reader books, so any books that you do read, remember you can complete their quizzes when you’re in school.  
  3. - this website provides short extracts and activities to go with them! From grammar to illustrating, there’s lots for children to do alongside the texts they read.
  4. – this website is like the Accelerated Reader system we have at school. You’ll be able to practice applying your comprehension skills to extracts by completing short quizzes on what you have read. This is a good way to keep your mind active!
  5. - if you want to have a read of some poetry, try this website.
  6. - keep up-to-date with the news and find out what is going on around the world. A great way of listening to and reading some non-fiction too.
  7. - have a go at some comprehension exercises! Maybe even practise Whole Family Reading- make your home your classroom.
  8. - have some fun and read comics. A bit of light-hearted reading will also allow you to read texts structured differently.
  9. - there is a plethora of activities for you to explore here. Have a scroll through and apply your literacy skills.  

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG)

Please have a look at the documents attached in this section in regards to SPAG. It is important children know their year groups spellings: how to spell the words on their spelling list as well as understanding what the words mean. Children should also be familiar with the correct grammatical terminology- in using them and with their definitions.

  1. – this website will require an individual login which children will already have if their teacher has issued them with one. On this website, children will be able to complete various tests on different grammar concepts, as well as general quizzes.
  2. - this is a fantastic website for children to practise their spelling rules. It allows a chance for words to be repeated and specific rules to be targeted.
  3. - this website provides simple explanations for grammar rules, along with activities for children to have a go at.


On Friday 6th March 2020, English Martyrs’ celebrated World Book Day. The theme this year was to ‘Share a Million Stories’, which each year group did in their very own way! Every year group- from Reception to Year 6- explored different genres and had a day packed full of exciting reading activities. We were able to showcase all the wonderful work our children created and took part in during our Praise Assembly at the end of the day- not forgetting all the superb costumes both children and staff came in wearing!


Sharing stories is something we do at our school every day, from Reading for Pleasure at the end of the day, to Whole Class Reading and Accelerated Reader. We love reading and want to share that in every way we can- World Book Day was just one opportunity for us to do so. What really matters us to us at our school is that we continue ‘sharing stories’ at home with our families through insatiable books: new and old; fiction and non-fiction; within our comfort zone and without, because that is how we will build our reading community.


Encouraging reading and having this at the heart of our curriculum relates to the UN Global Goals (GG), specifically GG 4 for quality education. Global Goal 4 is about ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. As part of having quality education at English Martyrs’, we aim to provide our children with the best literature, as well as sharing teachers’ favourite literature, to open children’s eyes, minds and imagination to things they may not encounter otherwise.


Please take a look at what our children got up to during their day, as well as all the incredible costumes children and staff wore in celebration of their favourite books and characters!

Our School Book Fair


During October, we held our very own exciting school book fair! Our school was buzzing with book blether and excitement over all the super books that were available. Each class took it in turns to have their own private session to view the books and have their teacher read to them. There are photos below for you to view.


We would also like to say a huge 'thank you' to our wonderful parents for making this such a success. It was so lovely to see everybody so enthused, acknowledging the importance of reading. 


Year 3 pupils show their love for reading on the bus!

World Book Day 2019
Dressing up as our favourite book characters.

A celebration of the work produced by the children on World Book Day. 

Thank-you to all the parents for their support in providing costumes and coming to see the work the children produced.

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