At Lower Wortley Primary School we strive to ensure that all children are literate and engage with reading and writing. In Lower Key Stage 2 we aim that all children should be able to:

  • read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of strategies to self-monitor and correct
  • have an interest in books and read for enjoyment
  • have an interest in words, their meanings; further developing their vocabulary in spoken and written forms
  • understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles depending on the situation
  • be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness  and critical awareness 
  • have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses
  • use accurate grammar and structure of language as well as spell accurately

To achieve these aims the children experience a range of English related activities each day.

Whole class and focus group phonics sessions take place regularly and children are taught based on individual stages of learning. Children also have mixed ability English lessons with their class teacher.  We place a lot of emphasis on writing independently and children are given regular opportunities to write in a range of styles and for different purposes. English skills are developed across the curriculum and strong links are made between English and topic work.  The children have weekly extended writing sessions where they write at length and then have the opportunity to review their work.  We follow the Talk 4 Writing approach to teaching writing.  Further information about this can be found on the Curriculum Page.


Children take part in regular guided and individual reading as well as further developing their reading comprehension skills through taught reading comprehension sessions.  In addition the children enjoy listening to their teacher read in order to develop a love of reading and enjoyment of books.

Provision is made for children who require extra support through intervention and differentiated class teaching.

You might like to follow the links in the menu above to find out more about learning in Years 3 and 4 or the whole school curiculum.