At Whitegrove, we recognise the importance of being able to communicate effectively.

We strive to achieve this for our children by developing an appreciation and love of language, as well as equipping them with the skills required to speak, read and write to a high standard. In addition to frequent direct teaching during English lessons, we embed these skills across our broad and balanced curriculum.

Throughout their time at Whitegrove, children will develop the ability to:

  • 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 literary 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; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • Become competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.


Phonics is taught from Foundation Stage onwards using the 'Letters and Sounds' programme. Our KS1 reading schemes are varied  because we believe that no one scheme can meet the needs of all children. They include Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree and Phonic Books.