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Micklehurst All Saints

C of E Primary School

'Learning Together, Growing Together, Succeeding Together'

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Subject Leader: Miss Jarman

Intent, Implementation and Impact

At Micklehurst All Saints, we place great emphasis on developing our children’s English skills from the outset; we recognise the importance of grasping key literacy skills in order to succeed in other areas of the curriculum and beyond the primary school years. Our English curriculum involves the teaching and learning of speaking and listening, reading, writing, drama, handwriting and spelling; these skills are all inter-related and are promoted through daily English lessons and throughout the wider curriculum.


As a school, we aim to develop a love of reading from the outset. We know how vital the skill of reading is and we want our children to develop in to confident and passionate readers throughout their time at Micklehurst All Saints. After all…

Our Text Map and Author Gallery provide an overview of the diverse range of books, protagonists and authors our children will encounter throughout their Micklehurst journey. 

Top 10 Reads


This year, we've launched an exciting new reading initiative: Top 10 Reads. At Micklehurst, we place great emphasis on developing a reading for pleasure culture and we’re hoping that this initiative will help to instill a love of reading in our children.


We’ve carefully chosen ten books for each class and over the course of the school year, the children will be given the opportunity to read all ten. Each set of ten books includes some age-appropriate classic reads and some newer texts from a diverse range of authors and genres.


Once the children have read all of the Top 10 Reads for their year group, they will be awarded with a certificate to mark their achievement.

Phonics at Micklehurst

At Micklehurst All Saints CE Primary School we use First Class Phonics:


  • We have a high-quality, consistent approach to the teaching of phonics
  • We use child-friendly resources so that all children are actively engaged and having fun whilst practising and applying phonics
  • Our phonics lessons help to develop children’s vocabulary and promotes a love of reading
  • The scheme is matched to and exceeds the expectations of the EYFS ELGs and National Curriculum for Reading in KS1
  • First Class Phonics prepares children for success in the Phonics Screening Check and beyond
  • We have high expectations for developing early reading, spelling and writing
  • First Class Phonics enables children to immediately apply their new learning into reading or spelling within the phonics lesson
  • Individual reading books that children can take home are organised into phonically decodeable books that are banded into phases in line with the First Class Phonics Scheme.

Phonics Leaflet for Parents