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The named English Subject Leader at Our Lady's is Mr M Shepherd

English teaching at Our Lady's is in line with the Curriculum 2014 and aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literacy heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn
  • are competent in the art of speaking and listening.


The curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage underpins all future learning by supporting, fostering, promoting and developing children's language, communication, reading and writing.

At Key Stages 1 and 2 English teaching is divided into 3 main groups: Reading (word reading and comprehension); Spoken language; Writing (Transcription and composition).


A range of resources are used to deliver the English curriculum. These are reviewed annually or when the need arises and additional resources are purchased as necessary.

Reading Scheme

At Our Lady's we develop early reading skills using Sounds Write books.  Pupils then progress to the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and then on to free reading.  We have developed comprehension sheets for most of the books in the scheme to help develop understanding of texts. 

In addition, we have staff trained in Better Reading Partnerships and Inference to assist pupils who are not performing at age expected levels.

If you are struggling to find books to read with your child the links below will help. Using the first link you will find popular books by age group and theme. Each book is given a brief description and is also reviewed to help you choose the perfect book.
Below is a link to the Oxford Owl site which contains hundreds of free eBooks for children of various ages.  If they do not have the book you are looking for Dartford Library will always be happy to help and the link below shows contact details and opening/closing times for the library