Statement of intent

Sound English skills are essential for progress across the curriculum and to prepare pupils effectively for tasks of adult life.

All teachers have a responsibility to develop pupils’ competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening in their own subjects and to ensure that pupils become competent users of language, and can access the curriculum effectively and achieve their potential.

Engayne Primary School:

  • Recognises the effect that a confident, fluent and coherent understanding of English will have on a pupil’s progress, both inside and outside of the school environment.
  • Understands how a strong grounding in English will impact the future learning and development of a pupil in all aspects of their life.
  • Provides a balanced and broad curriculum which encompasses writing practice, including handwriting, spelling, widening vocabulary, and writing for different styles, purposes, and audiences, as well as focussing on spoken English, reading, grammar and pronunciation.
  • Ensures that all staff members are aware of planning, assessment, teaching and learning requirements for the English curriculum.
  • Ensures that all pupils know how to plan, practise and evaluate their work.
  • Ensures that all pupils understand all elements of English, as per the national curriculum.



1, Phonics :Phonics is the first step but must not be forgotten later on

2, Consistent structures: Create consistent, repetitive structures for reading lessons

3, Fluency: Teach and model fluency

4, New vocabulary: Teach new words explicitly

5, Background knowledge: Build background knowledge often

6, Read, Read, Read: Reading mileage matters

Exposure to as wide a range of texts as possible. Filling their minds with texts and vocabulary.


Engayne has developed a clear systematic and progressive approach to the teaching of English.

The English curriculum is delivered daily in KS1 and KS2.

Classroom teachers will use high-quality resources which effectively model English skills and demonstrate good practice.

Grammatical errors are corrected on written work by classroom teachers and discussed orally with pupils where necessary. (see marking policy)

Pupils will be encouraged, by their classroom teachers, to discuss their English skills with their peers and with the whole class before beginning their written work.

Pupils will be given sufficient time to discuss, plan and edit their work.

Core texts have been chosen to foster language development, enjoyment of reading and provide the stimulus for writing. Texts have been selected to include picture books, modern and classic texts, non fiction and poetry. Texts have been purchased to represent diversity in content, culture and authors.

Early skills are developed using oracy and vocabulary which are then linked to phonemes and graphemes which form an essential part of early reading and writing development.

The DfE accredited scheme Bug Club phonics forms the basis for the planning and teaching of phonics across the school and is supplemented by Floppy’s Phonics, and Phonic Bug in  KS1 and into KS2 for some pupils. The school incorporates the work of the CLLD project to develop phonic teaching in KS1 and 2.

Children develop reading fluency alongside comprehension skills, which in turn develops writer voice to select appropriate vocabulary, punctuation and grammar to create writing to engage the reader.

English and reading news

Reading can stimulate a child’s imagination. It can help them feel less alone, it can take them away from their own situation for a while. It can give them a new perspective on their own lives, it can give them hope. And all these things will inevitably help them with their confidence because it helps them understand and feel less isolated.

Welcome to the English and reading news page.
Here you will find interesting videos, information and news about the fantastic reading events taking place at Engayne.

Our retired taxi is ready for readers. The reading nook is the first of a few we are trying to install around the school grounds.

We have just received a free standing bus stop and seats kindly donated by London Transport. It has been installed in the annex building as a reading nook. At Christmas we received a gaming chair which has been installed as a nook in the main building upstairs.

The term has begun and we have exciting news! Blue Peter have launched their Book Badge

Please click on the link to find out more:

We had some children enter the BBC 500 word competition. Good luck to all those who entered!


We are very proud to announce that 119 Engayne pupils complete the Summer Reading Challenge at local Havering libraries.

Engayne had the most children of all Havering schools complete the challenge. WELL DONE!


We took part in the Take 10 Challenge on 10th October! It is also when we will celebrate Hello Yellow Day for mental health.

The Take 10 Challenge encourages people to read for just 10 minutes a day to improve their wellbeing and support their literacy. For more information click here.


October 20th we held our parental workshop to assist you with reading at home. The session was attended by 26 families and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive! Thank you!

Half term will see everyone on a reading treasure hunt to look for print all around our homes!

Good luck and happy hunting!

Instructions . Treasure Hunt Grid

After half term we are launching our Share your Love of Reading Challenge.

Click the links on the Year Group webpages to find out more!


The Reading Agency has launched their Winter Mini Read Challenge!

The challenge is all online and launches on December 1st and ends February 19th. The challenge is to read 3 books and review them online.

Click here for further details.

At the end of the Autumn term we had 209 children who completed at least four of their Share your Love of Reading challenges. They were rewarded with a variety of events ranging from a curling session to silent discos. Well done to everyone and KEEP READING!


Tea with Miss B has been a very successful parent and child reading club once a week after school. The children have loved getting cosy with a book, reading in different ways and sharing their reading with their parents and wider family.


Year Two participated in a Havering Library Author event focussing on poetry and wordplay which fitted very well with their classwork.


Thursday March 7th saw Engayne celebrate World Book Day. Lots of the children dressed up using accessories to portray their favourite books and characters. All the classes took part in online events and activities too.

We had around 210 children achieve their next four challenges on the Share your Love of Reading grid at the end of the Spring term. This gave them a variety of rewards from a tea party, dressing up session, orienteering, curling, hockey, biscuit decorating and a film! Keep up the reading. One term to go to complete the grids!


We are proud to be launching our annual spelling bee. Children learned words and competed in class to find the competitors for the Key Stage Two bee contests.

The event raised £3500 which will purchase books and resources for classes and the libraries.

Winner of the Year Five and Year Six event was: Dylan . Runners up were : Megan and Mia.

Winner of the Year Three and Year Four event was: Samar, Runners up were: Joshua and Grace. CONGRATULATIONS to all who took part!

Kenzie and Jesse were our biggest fundraisers for the event raising £130 and £186 respectively! AMAZING!

June is also when we held our Travelling Book Fair. Thanks to all parents/carers who attended and purchased books. Our commission form sales is must under £1000 which will be used to enhance class libraries with some core books.


Across the school 112 children completed all the challenges on their Share you Love of Reading grids. Every year group organised special events to celebrate the children who completed the grid.

The Summer Reading Challenge run by the library service launches on 6th July 2024.

Engayne always has lots of children who participate which is fantastic!

Around 112 pupils completed the Share your Love of Reading challenge grid. This entailed additional reading and completing all the hexagon challenges on the grid in their reading records/diaries. A range of rewards have been organised.


We would love it if Engayne Primary School joined in with the Schoolreaders Summertime Book Review Competition 2024. This launched today and runs from 27th June till 30th September 2024.

Designed to encourage children to read during the summer break, our annual competition is back for the 5th year with brilliant prizes. With thanks to the generosity of our partners at World of Books, the winning KS1 and KS2 entries will each receive 200 books for their school library!  

This year the winning KS2 class will also host a Virtual Author Q&A session with A F Steadman – author of the award-winning Skandar series.

Find out more about the competition go to



Research indicates that parents who regularly read with their children at home lay solid foundations for language and literacy development. It’s a precious time for you both to relax, share your thoughts and feelings, have fun and chat together. Whilst sharing books, your child has your undivided attention, and the conversation, connection and enjoyment they experience is invaluable.

To promote children’s pleasure in reading and foster the habit, we need to read to children and with them and to talk to them about books. These conversations are crucial as they help children to engage and think deeply.

There are several ways to prompt book chat, click on the links for our top tips



With your library membership you can view a variety of story and factual books online. To find out more visit:

Visit the link below to also find encyclopedias, dictionaries, art and music resources in the virtual library:

Does your child have trouble selecting a book to read? Watch this fun animation to help them choose books they will love! 

The Importance of Bedtime Reading for Children – this website has lots of suggested books and tips to make bedtime reading engaging.


Check the homepage when you log in. If there is an envelope symbol it means there is a message or feedback from your teacher.

If you get locked out of your account send a e mail to your teacher with your log in details and they will sort it out for you.

IF BUG CLUB is slow or not working the advice is press ctrl, shift and del at the same time and empty the cache on your computer. It will help!

Phonic games stay in your folder to use as much as possible until your teacher removes them. Keep practicing!

If you need a reminder of how to log in and access this excellent reading resource please use the guide. The site gives you reading books, phonic and spelling games and many other resources. Any problems please tell the class teacher so we can resolve them for you as soon as possible.

If you are having issues logging into Bug Club please click here for advice

Use the following link to access a range of useful websites for learning at home

PLPS has some spelling and maths games

Do you like to read on an electronic device?

Then you should download the Borrow Box app and unlock your local library of books to have on your device on demand.

If you prefer reading on a laptop then overdrive might be the site for you!

Below are links to some knowledge organisers for English. These documents give you some of the key terminology, concepts and ways to help your child with their English work. There are also links to the writing expectations for each year group.

Year One Knowledge Organiser

Year Two Knowledge Organiser

Y3-4 Knowledge Organiser

Y5-6 Knowledge Organiser

Looking for advice on what to read?

These reading lists are also found on year group pages. Happy Reading!

How to use children’s reading list

Reception list

Year one list

Year 2 list

Year 3 list

Year 4 list

Year 5 list

Year 6 list

Useful Phonics websites:

Super range of free ebooks to read and a phonics screening test generator to work on those alien words

Teach Your Monster To Read. An excellent site which is often free to access. Assists with phonics in a fun way!

KS2 reading:

A site enabling parents to download extracts of books to sample, to try out different authors with their children.

A site dedicated to helping children and parents to find out about children’s books. Each area on the site provides information about new and classic titles with expert advice to help you find the best children’s books available.

A comprehensive book review site, which also contains some writing games too.


Please click on these links for the common word lists for each year group. They can also be found  on year group pages

First 100 high frequency words

Year One and Two word lists

Year Three and Four word lists

Year Five and Six word lists

BBC Bitesize has many games designed to entertain and educate the children. KS1 English has Karate Cats to assist with SPAG. KS2 has Crystal Explorers.

Click here to visit the Words for Life website.
This is a fantastic website which offers great ideas and tips for reading at home.

Story explorers have launched podcasts showing primary school children interviewing top authors about their work and the stories they love! Click here to find the weekly podcasts.

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