English is led by the CORE English team.

Nicola Badger, Caroline Dutton and Sarah Killick.

Our English Co-ordinator at Bunbury is Mrs Nicola Badger



In order to encourage creativity and independence in writing we write for an extended period each week throughout the school following the BIG WRITE method.  This allows teachers to assess progress and evaluate personal short term targets regularly. 

Big Writing Philosophy is: 

  • If a child can say it, a child can write it!
  • The Talking voice is not the same as the Writing voice.

Children are encouraged to:

  • Talk about their writing.
  • Find exciting words and use these in their writing.
  • ‘Borrow’ exciting words and phrases from other authors.  ‘WOW’ words.
  • Have a go at using interesting examples of punctuation.
  • Write for an extended period of time.
  • Re-read their own writing and find ways to make it better.
  • Understand what they need to do next to improve.

We encourage our children to apply their literacy skills in all areas of the curriculum and in homework activities.  Our Learning Logs (independent homework books) demonstrate the care and attention our pupils pay to presentation, handwriting and literacy skills.

We develop handwriting using a progressive pre-cursive font called 'Nelson FK' this supports pupils to join letters from an early age.



We believe that reading should be a source of pleasure and that it is the key to learning.  We aim to involve parents/carers in children’s reading as much as possible.  Children read to a range of adults, either individually or in groups, on a daily basis.

Their Individual Reading Record books are an important source of communication between home and school, especially in the early years.  We use a structured reading scheme alongside a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books.

Phonics are taught using the ReadWrite Inc. programme.  We use a combination of whole class teaching and group or individual work.

The New National Curriculum is used as a guide, but work is also taught thematically to reinforce and link to other areas of the curriculum.

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