Our English Subject leader is Mrs L Lancaster


At Barrington, our aim is to encourage children to become skilled and enthusiastic readers of a wide range of texts, as well as confident and competent users of spoken and written language.

In addition to a daily literacy lesson, we teach many English skills throughout the school day, particularly when children are sharing their ideas, views and feelings in other subject areas.


The Power of Reading

This year, at Barrington, we have joined The Power of Reading project.  Throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 we teach literacy through this programme.


The Power of Reading places quality children’s literature at the heart of an English curriculum that is creative and designed to develop reading for pleasure.  Throughout the school, we are enjoying working on our project books and we have already started to see how The Power of Reading can transform the way that children are learning to read and write.  We publish our work and share it in displays, assemblies and class books.


Throughout the year, children will engage with high quality picture books, novels, poetry and non-fiction. Children are immersed into the text through music, art, drama, discussion and role-play. Other teaching approaches include responding to illustrations, ‘Book Talk’, story-mapping and book making.  These approaches allow children take ownership of the text and engage with it deeply.


Writer of the Week

Each week a writer of the week is chosen from each class for special effort or achievement.  These children are recognised in our newsletter and their work is displayed in the school for everyone to see.



Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write. It is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate sounds and understand the link between the sound (phoneme) and the way it is written (grapheme).


At Barrington we follow the Letters and Sounds programme. This is a phonics programme in which individual letters or letter sounds are ‘blended’ to form groups of letters or sounds, and those groups are then blended to form complete words.


Children throughout Reception and Key Stage 1 take part in a daily phonics session. These focus on developing reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. The ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning.


Children are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’ – words with spellings that are unusual. These include the words ‘to’, ‘was’, ‘said’ and ‘the’. ‘Tricky words’ are ones that we can’t sound – so these words just need to be remembered.


Curriculum and Assessment

The majority of children in our school setting will be working towards achieving curriculum objectives for their own year group.  This is a direct result of the introduction of the 2014 National Curriculum and the change in assessment methodology.  Each year group is working with and assessing against a discrete ‘stage’ or ‘step’.  Please speak to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about this.