Here at Uley Primary School we promote a love for reading and equip all children with the skills needed to become enthused independent readers.

We use the book banding system which contains a range of texts including non-fiction.  The children take a book home appropriate to their level. They read these books at school and are expected to read them at home along with other reading materials they enjoy.

Children have a reading record book to keep a log of their reading habits.  Adults frequently listen to children read to monitor their progress and interventions take place for those children needing extra support.

  • We have a school library where children have access to a range of fiction and non-fiction books and children visit the library on a regular basis.
  • Each classroom has an engaging reading corner designed to promote a love of reading. Children have access to this at different times during the day.
  • Guided reading takes place across the school daily. During this session the teacher has a discussion with a group of children about a particular book appropriate to their level. While this is taking place other groups are carrying out an independent book related activity.
  • We celebrate reading in school through themed reading weeks, national book days, author visits, shared buddy time and library club.
  • To engage all readers we hold book sales where there is a range of books at an affordable price for the children to buy.
  • We also offer workshops to parents, when requested, to support and guide them when reading with their children at home.

The Uley School library is up and running and children love to borrow the books.  Please see the timetable and the Library Policy below.

Library Timetable 2021 - 2022

Library Policy

Reading Policy



Writing is at the heart of all we do at Uley Primary School and is taught across the curriculum.

At Uley, we give children the opportunity to write for many purposes and audiences across the curriculum. Children use cursive handwriting and develop their spelling strategies.

In the Early Years, play is very important for allowing children to explore and develop their writing. We encourage children to mark-make in a range of contexts and activities. Through role play, children are given clear purposes for writing and are provided with many opportunities to experiment with writing themselves, both indoors and outdoors.

Children in Key stage one and two are given the opportunity to write a range of genres for a range of purposes. Activities such as book talk, storytelling, role play and drama are an important part of the writing process.

Children are shown how to plan and write both fiction and non-fiction texts and teacher's model writing as part of the lesson. Teachers give children time to review, self-evaluate and edit their writing.

Editing and publishing our writing is an important skill the children learn to do. Teachers and children set individual writing targets together so that all children are clear about how their writing can be improved. The children are given the opportunities to explore and write in response to high quality books that become familiar favourites. At Uley, we feel that children should be given vocabulary developing opportunities so they are able to discuss and explain their ideas with confidence.

Writing Policy



Here at Uley, we believe that the teaching of phonics is the stepping stone to develop children’s early reading skills.

We follow the Government 'Letters and Sounds' framework when delivering lessons.

  • Phonics begins early, where children explore different sounds around them and experiment with rhyming words.

In Reception children begin to learn the sounds of the alphabet and use them to begin to read (and write) words.

Throughout Key Stage One, children are taught all the different sounds and how these are recorded as letters. They use these to help them read more difficult words.

  • Where appropriate, phonics is continued in Key Stage Two for any children who require extra support.
  • Parent workshops are held, on request, to inform and support parents.

Phonics Overview



Once children are secure with their phonic knowledge, the natural progression is learning how to spell.  Our english language system can be quite daunting!

All children at Uley School receive focussed daily phonic and spelling lessons.

Phonics and Spelling Policy



At Uley we believe that handwriting should not be an occupying activity, it should be taught.  In this way incorrect formation can be put right rather than practised.  Difficulties with handwriting can inhibit the quality and flow of ideas and also have an adverse affect on spelling.

We aim to foster in the children a sense of pride in the presentation of their work.  The ability to produce a good standard of work increases self-esteem and motivates children.  We reinforce good achievement through displays of the children’s work in the classroom and around the school, and also by sharing work in class and in our weekly celebration worship.

As soon as children begin to develop a legible hand, we believe that handwriting should be considered at three functional levels so that, for each writing activity, the style matches the purpose.

Please look at our Handwriting Policy for handwriting expectations or Cursive Handwriting at Uley to see how we teach letter formation.



English Curriculum Intent



Reading Progression Chart

Writing Progression Chart

Handwriting Progression Chart

Punctuation and Grammar Progression Chart

Spelling Progression Chart

Phonics progression Chart

Spoken Language Progression

English Policy



Through delivery of our English curriculum we expect the impact on our children to be - progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills.  With the implementation of the writing journey being implemented as soon as a child is ready and taught thoroughly in both key stages, children can become more confident writers.  By the time they are in upper Key Stage 2, most genres of writing will be familiar to them and the teaching can focus on creativity, writer’s craft, sustained writing and manipulation of grammar and punctuation skills.

As all aspects of English are an integral part of the curriculum skills taught in the English lesson are transferred into other subjects; this shows consolidation of skills and a deeper understanding of how and when to use specific grammar, punctuation and grammar objectives.  We hope that as children move on from us to further their education and learning that their creativity, passion for English and high aspirations travel with them and continue to grow and develop as they do.


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