English Mission

Through the English curriculum, we will teach children the skills and knowledge and understanding that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners.

We aim to engender a love of reading; in order to do this, children are encouraged to read a wide variety of genres and they have access to carefully selected texts to support their reading development and their interests. We intend that our pupils will be both independent and reflective readers who can read fluently, accurately and for meaning. We aim that the children will use a variety of reading skills to enable then to access all other areas of learning.

It is our vision that every child will learn to become a confident writer by being given exciting and inspiring opportunities for writing based on rich reading experiences which support and challenge them. We believe this curriculum will enable them to become confident, capable and enthusiastic writers who will develop a genuine love of writing. They will use writing to express themselves and communicate with others and will write independently and for a range of purposes. They will develop the ability to reflect on their own and others writing.

Explicit vocabulary teaching directly supports oracy development and pupils experience talk for a wide range of purposes through the whole curriculum.


One of my missions as the English Lead at Halley is to ensure that all our children have the opportunity to develop a love of reading. All of us at Halley are passionate about the importance of reading. Reading can take you to other places and open up opportunities right from a the spot you sit on. So please help us by making sure your child has a time to read at home and quiet space maybe just before bedtime. Each month we will be sharing book recommendations that are age appropriate and linked to what we are learning in school.

Barack and Michelle Obama read The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds | YouTube Books for Kids
"Hey-Ho, to Mars We'll Go!" read by Astronaut Christina Koch

This Month's Recommendations

Useful Leaflets

myOn Reading Resource

We have now subscribed to an incredible online resource that will allow your child to access over 7,000 wonderful books online. It is called myOn and it is free for your child to use. Please support them with logging until they feel confident to do it themselves.

  1. Go to MyOn.co.uk
  2. Your child's homepage will look like this:
  3. They will need to enter the school name, their username and password.

Their teacher will send home a reminder of their username and password very soon. Below is a link to a short video tutorial on how to access the website: 

Why can't I skip my reading?