At Manorway Academy we aim to develop the following in all children:

  • A true love for reading.

  • The ability to read with fluency and understanding.

  • The ability to communicate effectively due to a strong command of the written and spoken word. 

  • An understanding of the difference between colloquial and formal speech and grammatical structures.

  • The ability to adapt language and style depending on different purposes and audiences.

  • The use of a wide-ranging and continuously developing vocabulary.

  • A strong understanding of grammar and punctuation.

  • Neat and legible handwriting.

  • The ability to write high-quality pieces based on the specific expectations for various genres.

Our English lessons develop pupils’ language, reading, writing and vocabulary. Where possible, English is taught in a cross-curricular way, linking up with other areas of the curriculum. We teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions. Vocabulary and grammar are developed systematically children receive spelling lessons and phonics lessons. Role Pay is used as a key tool in developing oral skills, vocabulary development, building confidence and self – esteem, and as an essential tool in developing imaginative, expressive, and persuasive spoken and written language.

We use the letters and sounds: principles and practice of high-quality phonics to teach children how to read and decode by segmenting and blending sounds. The children will be heard reading individually and in groups daily at this stage. Pupils have daily reading lessons that are closely linked to the National Curriculum.

Children are expected to read for at least 15 minutes per day (ideally with an adult) and 15 minutes daily is allocated for quite reading during school hours, they are also encouraged to read at home and keep a record of this in their home-reading diaries. They also have access to Reading Eggs an online reading programme which allows children to build literacy skills independently and Nessy an online programme which is designed for children to all ability to help support reading writing and spelling. Manorway Academy was awarded a Literacy Mark by Busters Book Club in 2018 for commitment to raising reading standards. 

Manorway Academy has a whole school library which holds 1000 books for students to practice their reading during silent reading. Students also have access to oxford owl and are able to read e-books online. Raising attainment in reading is a key focus for Manorway Academy. The following is a list of what has already been implemented to help us achieve this goal: focused reading lessons, new home – reading diaries, reading champion rewards, small group tutoring, Phonics Intervention and a reading support volunteer. We have already witnessed a substantial increase in the amount of time that children are spending reading and their level of engagement and enthusiasm. 

Reading Assessment

Teacher assessment of reading is carried out throughout the year in various ways. Children on the phonic programs are assessed using the programme-specific running records and continuously moved through the various phases. Post phonics children are given a formal reading test each term and are also assessed against provided reading targets (which are focus on reading lessons). We complete phonic and reading screenings at the end of each term.


Each year group follows a carefully planned curriculum that exposes pupils to a variety of genres through the use of high-quality texts. The writing opportunities are relevant and are carefully planned to inspire all children to produce their best work. There is an emphasis on the process of writing that involves gathering information, planning appropriately, editing and publishing. 

Presentation is also important at Manorway Academy. Neat Legible work is encouraged at all times in all subjected areas as a way to ensure that all work is done to the highest possible standard.

Writing Assessment

Writing is assessed against the provided targets for each year group. Each student has a ‘golden book’ containing a selection of their best pieces written throughout each year.

National Curriculum English Programmes of Study:


Curriculum Policy
Lower KS2 Curriculum
Upper KS2 Curriculum
KS3 & KS4 Curriculum
Literacy Programme