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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.  


From September 2017 the teaching of phonics follows the Letters and Sounds programme. Children are taught in classes.



Reading Books.

We operate a colour banded reading book system.  Whilst no one scheme is used in its entirety, books from the following reading schemes have been banded and incorporated into our reading book system: Oxford Reading Tree, Fireflies, Rigby Rockets.