Mrs. Woods and Miss Hayes - English Subject Advisers


My name is Mrs. Woods and I teach Class 3 and Year 3 groups. I am Subject Adviser for English. I gained my PGCE at Liverpool Hope University and have worked in Halton for over ten years across the primary age range. Prior to attaining my PGCE I graduated from Open University with a Masters Degree in Education and I also worked for 6 years at the National Foundation of Educational Research as a Research Officer focusing on assessment specifically in KS2 English.

I am particularly passionate about the importance of English in schools and especially the power of reading. I am an avid reader and want to ensure that a love of reading spreads across the school and the children of St. Bede’s. If I haven’t read it then it’s not worth reading! Teaching is such a wonderful job to have and I love every day that I spend at St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School.

My name is Miss Hayes and I teach in Year 4. I graduated from Edge Hill University with a BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS degree in 2018, specialising in English. During my three years at university, I had the opportunity to attend a range of schools across Widnes and St. Helens as a trainee teacher. The first school I had the pleasure of training at was St. Bede's, and this is where I developed my love and passion for teaching and I haven’t looked back since. After completing my NQT year, I was elated to return to St. Bede's and continue to enjoy working with the children and staff. 

As part of our role, we run weekly reading clubs, monthly reading coffee mornings that parents and carers are invited too (with a book swap too!). Regular book recommdations, reviews and competitions are also held to promote the love of English and reading throughout school. Recently, we have also set up a book swap for staff too!

If you have any questions about English at St. Bede's, please click HERE.

Please click on the links below for exciting English activities.


  Doodle English         Book Trust        Love Reading Site    Phonics Site    Topmarks English Games       

Intent Statement

At St Bede’s Catholic Junior School all staff take pride and ownership in the English curriculum which has been uniquely designed to challenge through the careful choice of high-quality, substantive texts that ensure a range, depth and breadth with consideration for our values as a Catholic school. In following the National Curriculum, we regularly assess and design our curriculum to provide for the needs of all children. Ours is a dynamic, receptive, ever evolving curriculum, receptive to the children and their particular needs; to changes in research and to the publication of challenging texts. Our curriculum is planned to provide opportunities for mastery in all areas as well as introduction to new knowledge. In English, we recognise that it is not taught in just one lesson a day, but that our entire curriculum, daily interactions with children and our school environment are part of the ethos of English in our school. We take pleasure in reading and ‘teach’ this to the children through a range of strategies which prioritises reading for pleasure.  We provide the highest quality English education through excellent pedagogical practice, a constant awareness of research in education and our children’s needs with Christ at the centre and children at its heart. Ours is not a static curriculum, but an ever-changing, challenging journey that recognises the critical importance of English in the wider world ensuring that once children leave St Bede’s they are able to live their lives with a deep understanding of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues.

Our English curriculum.

  • Creates masters of English;
  • Is focused on challenge and that we have high expectations for all especially in regards to vocabulary
  • Is reading rich so that ALL children read to at least an age appropriate level
  • Ensures that our children acquire the skills, knowledge and concepts that will enable them to engage in society;
  • Enables children to express themselves in a range of different situations and contexts;
  • Celebrates children for their success and progress;
  • Creates critical and reflective thinkers;
  • Ensures that children can read and read widely, understand what they’ve read and are able to respond to a range of literature for enjoyment and information

Teaching and Learning Intentions:

At St Bede’s, our children read, understand and respond to a range of literature for enjoyment and information

  • Read to an age appropriate level
  • Take advantage of opportunities for reading;
  • Reads with confidence and fluency
  • Loves reading and reads a wide range of texts;
  • Has the ability to understand texts using inference, deduction and prediction’
  • Has an excellent understanding of vocabulary and a range of strategies to deduce the pronunciation and meaning of difficult words;
  • Has the ability to summarise and explain’
  • Reads often and regularly at home and/or in school
  • Is rewarded for excellence and progression

At St Bede’s, our children write in many different contexts and with a range of purposes, both for enjoyment and to provide information

  • Writes with confidence and speed
  • Able to write for a range of purposes and audiences
  • Uses a range of vocabulary and literary devices
  • Uses standard English confidently
  • Writes legibly
  • Spells confidently and can locate resources to support them when necessary
  • Has their work celebrated and published
  • Has the ability to edit and redraft

Organisation of Teaching and Learning:

English is taught daily;

Feedback is provided verbally and in writing within their books;

A spelling lesson occurs once a week following the Rising Stars schemes of work;

Staff devise units of work around specific texts and incorporate set objectives for the term which build on mastery of previously acquired skills;

Opportunities for work to be published are given regularly specifically using the Pobble website and also within school;

Texts used for English schemes of work are monitored in order to ensure a range of texts studied;

The teaching of reading skills is also discretely throughout the week following a reading progression plan and using a reading spine;

We are models of reading and writing. Teaching encourages modelling in these areas, so that children can have high-quality writing modelled to them and also listen to expert reading modelled as well;

The teaching of reading may occur in one lesson or across the week, but features the specific teaching of vocabulary, reading and rereading in order to establish fluency followed by questioning either written or verbally;

Texts used in the reading spine are monitored and devised using Doug Lemov’s 5 plagues of reading and are monitored to ensure a range of texts taught;

We use VIPERS to teach reading comprehension, but also use a range of strategies available to us in order to continuously formatively assess understanding;

In handwriting, we follow the letterjoins cursive style and teach skills based on the groups that are taught;

In order to ensure mastery, children may be taught objectives from previous year groups where it has not been mastered;

Vocabulary and the focus and development of vocabulary is explicitly taught within reading lessons and is a key part of all areas of the curriculum;

Phonics is taught where necessary based on assessment and other intervention programmes are utilised based on the individual needs on the children;

We do not operate a one-size fits all approach, but for those struggling to achieve age-related expectations we target specific and identifiable areas of need.


Our English curriculum has an ambition for high achievement amongst all pupils. Children should make progress and attain in line with or better than national expectations for the subject and attainment in other foundation subjects within the school.

At St Bede’s, achievement in English is categorised and measured as follows:



Children will be able to read at an age appropriate level; they will read with fluency and speed demonstrating the ability to understand what they have read through the use of comprehension skills. Children will engage with reading and love it; having read a wide range of genres and texts and having read a range of different authors. They will be able to write for a range of different purposes; apply their understanding of etymology and morphology to spell words, but also be able to use resources to support their spelling. They will be able to use feedback to edit and redraft sections or whole elements of their writing focusing on a range of skills such as enjoyment of reading as well as grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Knowledge and Understanding

Children will have knowledge and understanding of all of the elements of the National Curriculum. They will be able to understand and apply grammar, spelling and punctuation rules. They will have knowledge of a range of authors and be able to use texts in order to gain further understanding. Children at St Bede’s will be able to gain a better understanding of the 21st Century world through our teaching of English. 

Management and Evaluation of Impact:

  • English books are regularly monitored to ensure that the planned curriculum is being taught
  • Unit plans are updated and monitored in order to ensure that the curriculum is being covered
  • Assessment of reading ages will be monitored in order to measure progress and also to identify children who may be falling behind
  • NFER tests will be undertaken each year in order to measure progressR
  • Reading questionnaires are undertaken with staff, pupils and parents
  • Baseline assessments in reading, writing and phonics are undertaken in Year 3 in order to identify specific areas of weakness which may impact upon the curriculum. 
  • Target tracker information is reviewed by the SLT

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