Bournville Village

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English sits at the heart of our curriculum – it is through language, story and text that children learn to form concepts, connect ideas and express themselves.


At Bournville Village Primary School, reading and high quality literature is at the heart of everything we do.

We aim for our pupils to leave Year 6 having read a variety of literature both through reading instruction, and reading for pleasure.


Our English overviews detail the texts studied by each year group:

Reading for pleasure


We aim for all pupils at Bournville Village Primary School to develop a life-long love of reading. The first step  to achieving this is igniting a child's interest through reading for pleasure.


Our well-stocked school library is a welcoming place which our pupils visit twice per week and is open to our families Monday-Thursday between 3:25 and 3:45pm. 


Pupils use their library visits to select and borrow books, share a recommendation with a friend but most of all, to enjoy some dedicated time to enjoy a good book.



The Joyce Cadbury Library at BVPS


The classrooms reflect the importance we put on reading too. Our class libraries include texts linked to our curriculum topics, display our author of the moment and share and recommend some of our favourite reads. Take a look at some of our class libraries:
A reading zone in Y2  




Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.

Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read.

Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.


At BVPS, phonic lessons are delivered with an active and multi-sensory approach to engage all learners at the appropriate level. Lessons are well paced, highly engaging and require all children to be active participants in their learning.


Phonic lessons follow the structure of:

  • Review/revise
  • Teach
  • Practice
  • Apply 


The English curriculum is planned and delivered according to the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. The annual overview for each phase details coverage of English reading and writing opportunities across each year group and term. From this, teachers build detailed units of work (teaching sequences) based on quality children’s literature and the broader curriculum.


CLPE’s Power of Reading provides teachers with support for planning stimulating teaching sequences ( Weekly plans give learning intentions for each lesson, details of support and challenge, and how lessons will be taught, drawing on a wide range of teaching strategies, which include:

  • discussion and argument
  • teacher demonstration
  • teacher modelling
  • scaffolding
  • explanation and clarity
  • questioning techniques
  • investigation of idea
  • listening and responding.


Grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting are taught regularly and explicitly, guided by the expectations of the National Curriculum, and in context where possible.