The overarching aim for Literacy at South Hill is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. This in turn will develop their writing skills in all genres; formal and informal. We aim to support this through the promotion of Literacy and the use of high quality texts in all areas of our curriculum.

Writing at South Hill


In Writing, we follow the Herts for Learning Long Term Plan for Literacy. Grammar is explicitly taught in Literacy lessons and follows the Herts for Learning Grammar Plan.





The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding

  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

Use the buttons below to see what each year learns in English lessons.

Reading at South Hill

Take a look at the PowerPoint  below to see how we teach reading here.

Guided Reading at South Hill

In Guided Reading, we take a whole class approach to a text so that all children have access to high quality and challenging texts.

Children then work with their class teacher during the week to develop different reading skills based on VIPERS (vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summary/sequence). Children will also be listened to by their TA during the week.

Children also complete an independent reading task weekly.

100 Books - recommended texts

Click on the books below

(or EY - read to by adult)
Years 3 and 4
Years 5 and 6

Click the picture for a link to a blog from a Head Teacher (Simon Smith) where you will find some very good picture book recommendations for all years.