Otley Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 2PT

01274 583 900


Shipley C.E. Primary School

Nurturing Creative Thinking for Life Long Learning

Please note that we have nursery places available. Please call the office on 01274 583900. Have a look at our remote learning leaflet for parents within policies.

The  English Curriculum


At Shipley C of E Primary, we believe that English is the heart of the curriculum. Our creative and highly engaging English curriculum inspires and supports learners to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills; thereby enabling them to become interested, effective and active lifelong learners. Our carefully tailored learning sequences develop learners’ ability to speak and write fluently, allowing them to communicate their ideas and emotions to others. Our use of carefully selected high-quality texts, ensures that learners are exposed to a range of texts, including those from different cultures, during their time at Shipley. Reading is encouraged to ensure we promote a culture of children who love to read. Learners are immersed in vocabulary-rich learning environments which support language development, and help to expand their own vocabulary.

Early reading begins in Nursery where the adults promote a love of reading and listening to stories alongside laying the foundations of their phonics learning journey.  By the end of Key Stage One our children are fluent readers who enjoy the delights of reading for pleasure and to learn and those children who are continuing to develop these skills are given the support they require through effective interventions. These different aspects of our English curriculum collectively support our learners in being able to communicate and write clearly, accurately, and coherently. Our challenging and inspiring English curriculum, which is aligned to the National Curriculum, nurtures creative thinking to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills when reading and writing a range of age-appropriate genres.


Intent, Implementation and Impact document 

To read our Reading and Writing Long Term Plans and Progression documents please see below...

Reading Long Term Plan

Writing Long Term Plan

Reading Progression Document

Writing Progression Document

How can you help at home?

Ways you might help your child to get a head start in English;

  • Please visit our reading page for advice on how to help at home. 
  • The best advice for parents and carers is to talk to your child.  Children who are talked to and listened to by caring and supportive adults, make strong progress in all areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Make time for talk.
  • Help your child to learn their spellings and other homework tasks. 
  • Help your child to develop good handwriting. Visit these links for more more help with handwriting.  https://nha-handwriting.org.uk/handwriting/  https://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk