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Lee Chapel Primary School

Nominated as Essex School team of the year 2021



What is the English Vision Lee Chapel?

Simply, the teaching of reading and writing is at the very core of everything at Lee Chapel. As such we strive for excellence because of the importance of the subject at school beyond. 


At Lee Chapel, we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for English with a focus on a variety of text types - both modern and classic - as well as film clips and other mediums. These rich, quality stimuli are used as inspiration for writing as well as providing the best opportunities to broaden and improve children’s understanding of vocabulary. We believe that reading is a key life skill and as such we aim to instill a love of reading in our pupils through carefully selected texts in lessons as well as in class libraries; children are guided by staff to help them select the most appropriate texts for their ability and personality! We aim to provide a balance between reading for pleasure and comprehension success. When sharing their chosen book, staff will ask the children effective questions to ensure they fully understand each text and are able to articulate what they have read.  Every child at Lee Chapel should not only leave being able to confidently and competently read, write and speak aloud but to also love doing so.


English Reading and Writing are:

  • Whole school teaching of English 1 hour per day – this is inclusive of opportunities for the teaching of reading, writing in range of different styles and genres, opportunities for speaking and listening, and dedicated sessions for handwriting and spellings
  • Systematic teaching of synthetic phonics from Reception to Year 2
  • From Year 1 to Year 6 - 1 hour per week - Big Write lessons
  • From Year 1 to Year 6 - 1 hour per week - Big Read lessons
  • From Year 3 to Year 6 – 30 minutes daily – Just Read (an opportunity to read for fun)
  • Whole school Reading Doorway challenge – an expectation for 6 carefully chosen books to be experienced and read from Nursery to Year 6
  • Wondrous Words – applying the teaching of vocabulary to the classroom by selecting and using a range of exciting language in our writing from the books used within our English sessions.
  • The Year 6 100 book challenge
  • World Book Week – an annual event inviting inspiring authors to visit the children


Our reading matrix is used to measure and assess progress in reading across the whole school. In addition, termly formal assessments and continued teacher assessments of each child’s progress is measured to ensure our pupils are able to accomplish a rounded understating of English enabling them to apply their skills to their future endeavours.


Mr A. Toomer, Mr W. Kingston and Miss S. Moore

English Reading and Writing Leads