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Hempstalls Primary School

Learning and Laughing Together




Our English curriculum aims to provide all pupils with the knowledge and skills that they require to succeed in life. At Hempstalls, we believe that reading is a vital and essential skill needed to allow pupils full access to our curriculum. We believe that if children cannot read, they cannot access the curriculum and lead fulfilled lives.

Books, high-quality texts, nursery rhymes and poetry are highly valued and shared at any opportunity with all pupils. Staff also value the magic of books and read to pupils with excitement and enjoyment. We aim to provide pupils with experiences that excite, engage and instil passion in reading, writing and communicating. To encourage pupil’s to develop and maintain a passion for reading and a craving for language, our English curriculum is centred around language-rich, high-quality texts.


Carefully selected, half-termly class texts provide excellent opportunities for oral language discussion as well as reading beyond a text. Pre-teach sessions allow teachers to explore what pupils already know and allow pupils to acquire necessary knowledge about the language or context in order to fully access the text. Reading and writing is immersed across the curriculum and pupils have opportunities to use reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in all areas of the curriculum. Writing opportunities are carefully planned with purposeful and meaningful experiences linked to high-quality text, meaning that pupil can write fluently and knowledgeably with confidence. Exposure to high-quality language and vocabulary across the curriculum sets expectations for pupils own oracy and communication skills. Pupils are expected to read, write communicate and listen effectively in all areas of the curriculum and these skills are developed essentially through our English curriculum.


Our English curriculum aims to equip pupils with the skills and knowledge needed to access the whole curriculum and to succeed in life. Pupils are able to communicate effectively and confidently with coherence. Shared values ensure that all staff; including support staff, lunchtime staff and after-school care staff all understand the importance of promoting and encouraging reading, language and oracy. It is essential that through these shared values all pupils receive the same message that reading is paramount to their development in life.

Reading Documents for Parents and Children

 Early Reading Policy 2019.pdfDownload
 Recommended Reading Lists
 Whole Class Reading Texts
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Miss Mott and Miss Knight really enjoyed brushing their teeth, sharing their teddies and reading the new reception class a bedtime story and singing rhymes this evening. We can't wait to see you all in September.


Do you love books?            Do you enjoy discovering new authors?          Do you want to share amazing books with your friends?

Why not try our 100 Great Reads book challenge coming this September?

Receive prizes for reading awesome books recommended by your teachers.

Uncover stories and worlds you've never heard of and share books and authors you love. 

(More information coming soon) 

Listen to our Staff Storytelling

 Staff Stories
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Click the banner below to access the library summer reading challenge!  Get rewards, play games and earn badges as you discover awesome books to read this summer!

Reading Eggs and Eggspress

Click the picture above to access your Reading Eggs or Eggspress account. Log in for fun and engaging reading, spelling and writing activities and a wealth of books in the online library. 

Dave the Dog is Worried About Coronavirus

Read or Listen to this E-book from 'Nurse Dotty' about Dave the Dog and his worries at this time!

Reading Newsletters

 KS1 Reading Newsletter Spring 2020.pdfDownload
 KS2 Reading Newsletter Spring 2020.pdfDownload
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World Book Day 2020

What is Stoke Speaks Out?

 Stoke Speaks Out is an initiative which was set up in 2004 to support children’s speech and language development in Stoke on Trent. It involves everyone who links with children in some way including parents, practitioners and the wider community.


Why was it set up?

In 2002 local research identified that many children were starting nursery with poor language skills- By 2004  this was as high as 64% of children. Stoke Speaks Out was set up to make sure everyone knows how to support children, what to expect and where to seek help if children are struggling. The belief of the programme is that ‘communication is everybody’s business’.


Why is this important?

Speech and language development are the building blocks for learning. Good communication is essential for socialising, learning and to developing your full potential. Language delay has been linked to poor educational attainment, anti-social behaviour and long term mental health difficulties. We know that the majority of brain growth takes place in the first 3 years of life so Stoke Speaks Out is focused on early life and early education to ensure all children are supported as well as they can be.

Click the link below for some lovely online reading books. 



Meet your Reading Council

Spooky Story Time

On Friday 25th October, the children came to school with a book, magazine or even a short text written by themself with theme Science-Fiction/ Thriller/ Horror.

The children were given an opportunity in their classrooms to share a selection of those stories around a 'campfire' in the true style of a chilling tale.

Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience of sharing their books from home with a friend or two, and  bought in a torch, teddy and a cushion to hide behind! 

"I enjoyed sharing my story with friends, it was fun!" - Year 5 Pupil


"I wrote my own story to bring in; it took me all week. It was very good!"- Year 4 Pupil

Wintery Read

Following the success of the ‘Spooky Story Time’ held in October, we decided to have another reading event.

On Wednesday 18th December, we invited the children to come to school with a book, poem, magazine or even a short text written by themself with the theme of Winter or Christmas.

We created a snowy, winter scene in the classrooms, put on our hats, scarves and gloves and shared our stories snuggled up with hot chocolate and biscuites. 


"I think I will get the 'Gruffalo's child' book next like my friend" - Year 2 Pupil 

"I love sharing my books with my teacher and friends, they like looking at my books from home" - Year 1 Pupil.