Writing is the longest distance a thought has to travel.

At Old Oak we recognise that equal importance needs to be placed on the study of speaking and listening, reading and writing. 


Effective speaking and listening skills are essential for all children to express themselves creatively and to communicate with others. At Old Oak all children are confident and imaginative in their play and language skills. They are encouraged to discuss their ideas and work with adults and peers alike. We believe that drama, roleplay and discussion are an integral part of English learning.


At Old Oak we are dedicated to the practice of reading for pleasure. Through the development of a love for reading and of texts we are able to encourage all pupils to read with purpose and skill. Writing is essential across all areas of the curriculum and we encourage cross curricular writing at every opportunity. At Old Oak we are dedicated to ensuring that all our children are able to write with skill and enthusiasm.

To support children with their early reading skills we teach them the sounds of English, the 'phonics', using the Jolly Phonics programme. You can learn more about Jolly Phonics at




The Power of Reading:


Children develop their English language skills by incorporating the successful 'Power of Reading' and 'Power of Writing' programmes developed by the Centre for Literacy in the Primary Education (CLPE). We have used these programmes as the framework for our own curriculum which motivates and excites both staff and children alike. Teachers use quality texts as a basis for the literacy teaching, and have a range of exciting strategies and techniques to bring the texts to life and develop children's creativity. We have also introduced a writing book in which the children collect all their extended pieces of writing and teachers mark to support a dialogue between themselves and the child on how best to improve. This is coupled with a specially devised programme for spelling and punctuation.


Alongside this, the staff continue their guided reading regularly throughout the week.


For more information of the CLPE Power of Reading programme visit their website:

CLPE Power of Reading