We follow the guidelines set out in the New National Curriculum Framework which focuses on: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Spoken Language and Composition.

At Houghton Conquest Lower School we aim to help children to develop a love of the English language through the spoken and written word. We believe that literacy is not just an end in itself but it provides the key to unlock all other areas of learning enabling all pupils to take a full and constructively critical part in society empowering them aesthetically, socially, spiritually and morally.


At Houghton Conquest we have a commitment to ensure that all children achieve their full potential, have a positive attitude towards reading and a love of books.

Group guided reading sessions take place within the classrooms setting. They are part of a rich and comprehensive reading programme where the children become acquainted with a wide range of books, such as classic and modern stories, poems, plays and non-fiction texts. We believe that reading should encourage a positive view of the written text as a source of pleasure as well as a valuable source of ideas and information to support all areas of the curriculum.

Library skills are taught in all classes and the children enjoy making full use of our well stocked library.


We believe it is important that children learn to write independently from an early stage. In the early years the teaching of phonics, spelling and handwriting complement this process and help to build up speed and accuracy.

We use the Letters and Sounds Programme to teach phonics and spelling throughout the school and all children take part in the daily ‘phonics’ lesson.

In the Early Years, children have a daily phonic sessions based on reading and two where they practise segmenting and blending to follow the initial input for each sound.

In Year One phonics continues in daily twenty minute sessions, where children revise familiar sounds whilst being introduced to alternative spellings for each sound. They also identify and learn tricky words which are often exceptions to the rule.

In Year Two, daily phonics continues with phonic alternatives, revision of sounds and additional intervention group work for those who may not have passed the phonic screening in Year One. For all other children, the children enjoy daily spelling lessons based around a given spelling rule or convention.

In Key Stage Two, phonics continues for those who need further lessons, whilst the emphasis for the majority now continues to be on spelling patterns, composition, vocabulary grammar and punctuation.

Through our Creative Curriculum the children are encouraged to write in a variety of styles for a variety of audiences.

We have an extensive range of resources including software for our interactive whiteboards which further enhance the teaching of writing throughout the school. The school follows the Penpals handwriting programme, teaching cursive style handwriting.

The following policies can be found on the ‘Our School’ tab of our website or by clicking the relevant link below:-

Writing Policy
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Policy

Spoken Language

We believe that every child should be able to speak confidently to different people and listen to what others have to say. The children are encouraged to take part in drama activities and group discussions in school and within their community.  We will provide a range of opportunities to develop speaking and listening skills in a variety of contexts, including discrete speaking and listening teaching, matching style and response to audience and purpose.

Reading Curriculum Overview coming soon …

Writing Curriculum Overview coming soon …

Spoken Language Curriculum Overview coming soon…

National Curriculum English