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English Curriculum

The English curriculum at Fairhaven Primary is delivered using the National Curriculum English Document (2014). At Fairhaven Primary School we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. We strive to  give children the necessary tools to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and to equip them with skills to become lifelong learners.   


Here at Fairhaven Primary we are committed to providing an exciting, engaging and progressive English Curriculum for all our children. We want our children to become enthusiastic, engaged readers and writers who develop a lifelong love of books and a passion for writing. Learning to write is one of the most important things that a child at primary school will learn. Children will use their writing skills in almost all areas of the curriculum so developing a love of writing is at the heart of all we do. The ability to write effectively will give children a voice to share their ideas with the world.  Over a child’s 7 or 8 year journey with us we want Fairhaven to be a place where children are read to enjoy, discuss and use high quality text to enhance their writing. This is basis for our “Reading River” texts that are carefully chosen from either the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) power of books or texts that we consider “Must Reads”. These form the basis for all our writing.  


At Fairhaven Primary School we use and follow the 'Little Wandle Revised Letters and Sounds' programme.  In Reception, children are taught in classes.  Currently, in Years 1 and 2, children are taught in groups in order for gaps in learning to be addressed effectively.


Little Wandle support for parents can be accessed here.



Reading Books.

At Fairhaven Primary School our reading scheme is Big Cats, published by Harper Collins.

In Reception and Key Stage One, we use the books aligned to the 'Little Wandle Revised Letters and Sounds' programme.

We aim for children to be free readers by the end of Year 4 and no longer reliant on the Big Cat books.

Free readers are guided to texts to choose from by their class teacher.

Further information about our English Curriculum can be obtained from Mr Garner.  Please contact the school office by phone (01384) 818385 or by e-mail: