Rectory Road, Colchester, Essex CO5 7HR

01206 728517 Lisa Oliver

St Lawrence Church Of England Primary School

Celebrating each other and the journey we share

Pupil voice:

We are writing about the three bears and the three pigs.  Year 1

I love to write. I like it when we write stories about the books we are reading.  I like the Pirate Next Door books. Year 2

I like English.  What I learnt from War boy gave me ideas for my writing. Year 3

I like reading about Hercules- looking at details in the story and then writing our own story.  Year 4

We wrote about rivers in poetry and mine was entered into a competition and it is now published in a book.  Year 6


Curriculum Intent

At St Lawrence C of E Primary school, we believe that English and communication are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners.

English enables children both to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and to examine their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas. As English is central to children’s intellectual, emotional, and social development, it has an essential role across our curriculum.  We aim to equip pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language and develop a lifelong love of reading.  Our class text approach enables whole class discussion and immersion in quality texts.


Phonics and Spelling

At St Lawrence C of E Primary School, early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach to reading.  Pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds to develop their reading skills, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words.  Pupils are also taught high frequency words (tricky words) to support reading, which do not completely follow the phonics rules.

The school follows Twinkl Phonics, which is an approved government teaching program, which supports a multi-sensory approach to learning phonics. 



At St Lawrence C of E Primary School, initially reading is taught through books which support the Twinkl Phonics approved government teaching program.  Books are specifically linked to the phonemes children are learning.  As reading skills progress children move onto the school’s colour banded system for books.  Your child will be given a colour band to choose their home reading book from which will help to ensure that the book they select is at about the right reading level for them.  Every colour band includes a range of text types, stories and illustrations.  The majority of books within the early book bands can be decoded using phonics skills and knowledge.


Speaking and Listening

Subject leaders: 

G Aylett            Qualification: BEd

K Griffith          Qualification: BSc (Hons) PGCE

F Torres            Qualification: BA (Hons) PGCE