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Drighlington Primary School

Nurturing, supporting, believing, achieving!

Moorland Road, Bradford
West Yorkshire, BD11 1JY

0113 2853000

Headteacher: Mrs Sue Jackson

  1. Curriculum and Learning
  2. Our Curriculum
  3. English

Our approach to teaching Engish at Drighlington Primary School

Our aims for English are to provide a language rich environment that promotes a culture of reading and writing. 


During their time at our school, pupils are exposed to a variety of texts which inspire, challenge and engage. Reading class books and 'book talk' are an established part our school day.

Phonics - RWI

In EYFS and KS1 children use the Read, Write Inc (RWI) programme to teach children how to read and embed phonics. This is a structured approach which involves children working in small groups to learn new sounds in a systematic way. Pupils are regularly assessed and regrouped to make sure their learning is at an appropriate level. Click here to find out more about what the programme involves and how you can help your child at home. In Year 1, children also take part in guided reading sessions where they have the opportunity to enjoy and discuss a range of books.

Reading VIPERS 

In Year 2 and KS2, children use Reading VIPERS during whole class guided reading sessions. They read a rich variety of texts and use these to develop the key reading skills of:

Vocabulary (find and explain the meaning of words)

Inference (to be able to find answers to questions using what we already know about the text)

Prediction (to be able to explain what you think will happen next from what you already know about the text)

Explanation (explain use of language, themes and patterns that develop across the text)

Retrieval (to retrieve information and show you have fully understood the text) 

Summarising (to identify the key points in a text)


Book Banding

All pupils have personal reading books which they take home each day to practise reading and develop a love of books. We use a book band system, where books from different sources have been colour coded. This allows children to choose their own reading books from within a reading band. As pupils move through through the book bands, they are given the opportunity to read more challenging books and are regularly assessed to ensure they are reading at the correct level. 


We use the Talk for Writing approach in our teaching of writing. Through exciting opportunities to talk about a text, children are able to internalise language, text features and grammatical features that can then be used in their own writing.  Children work with their teachers to create text maps so that they can talk the text, they explore text features and how they are used as well as spending time 'magpieing' high quality vocabulary.   

Click here to find out more about Talk for Writing.                                                           

Our intention is to give every child excellent, independent writing skills so that they can be successful at every stage of their education.


Children are taught cursive writing throughout the whole school. Click here to view our handwriting policy.


Spelling is one of the essential components of successful writing. Teaching young spellers the strategies, rules and concepts to grow their spelling benefits them in all aspects of their learning, as well as in their everyday life.

English leader: Gergana Pickering

Writing leader: Sarah Denner

Reading leader: Kerry Sowden

Handwriting leader: Kerry Sowden

RWI leader: Nicola McEvoy