Our English Subject team is Mrs T Kerr and Mrs L Lancaster


Our Vision

At Barrington, our aim is to encourage children to become skilled and enthusiastic lifelong 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 sessions, we teach many English skills throughout the school day, particularly when children are sharing their ideas, views and feelings in other subject areas.

We want every child to leave Barrington equipped with the English skills they need to thrive and succeed in their secondary school setting and beyond.


Talk for Writing

This year, at Barrington, we have adopted Talk for Writing. 

All children learn to write through Talk for Writing. Talk for Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett. While it is designed to be fun and creative to engage the children’s interest, it is also a tried and tested systematic and cumulative approach to developing young writers.

Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. It is rooted in the belief that schools should increase the amount children read and are read to and at its heart there is a strong ‘literature spine’ which identifies key stories, picture books, poems and non-fiction which will be read and drawn upon when teaching writing. Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing.

During the initial 'imitation' stage of Talk for Writing, children will learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and make use of a story map to support their retelling. Once the story is learnt, children are encouraged to adapt it. At the 'innovation' stage, children make the story their own, for example, by changing the character or setting. Finally, at the 'invention stage, children write their own text independently.


Writer of the Week

Our writing is celebrated and proudly displayed in classrooms and around the school. In addition, 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.



Reading is a key life skill and is the doorway to a lifetime of learning.  At Barrington, every year group has a dedicated daily reading session: we systematically teach children to decode and then explicitly teach the skills to enable children to acquire and refine a variety of comprehension strategies.  All pupils will have an age-appropriate home reading book of their choice and a Reading Record Book for parents and carers to make their own comments when they have heard their child read at home. We expect children to read on a daily basis at home for a minimum of 10-15 minutes building up to longer periods as they progress through the school and ask parents and carers to set aside dedicated time to do this.



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.


Accelerated Reader

This year we have introduced and are embedding a new approach to support the development of reading skills called Accelerated Reader.  Accelerated Reader is a powerful tool for both monitoring and managing independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure.

Accelerated reader is a computer program that will help to develop a child’s independent reading. After a baseline assessment, children select a book from within a range at the level identified for them, and when finished will take a short quiz on the computer at school.  All of the school books have been newly labelled with a colour sticker that will help guide the children in choosing a book.


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.