Laleham Lea

A Catholic Independent Primary School for boys and girls aged 3 to 11

29 Peaks Hill, Purley, Surrey, CR8 3JJ


The study of English at Laleham Lea starts with our youngest Students in Nursery and Reception who begin their learning journey with daily Phonics lessons to teach them how to read, write and spell.

At Laleham Lea we use the Phonics programme ‘Sounds-Write phonics programme which is a linguistic-based scheme that teaches children to hear the sounds that are used in words, and then the letter(s) that make those sounds.

From Year 1 Students are encouraged to become confident readers and weekly spelling tests focus on ‘high frequency’ words. The importance of neat handwriting and presentation skills is instilled from an early age and Students learn to write using a pre-cursive script.

Junior Students at Laleham Lea are involved in several English lessons each week. They enjoy Reading Comprehension lessons, Grammar and Punctuation lessons, Creative Writing lessons and a weekly spelling test. Students learn to write in a variety of genres and develop their use of inference and deduction in comprehension.

The children take part in a range of reading activities daily. These can vary from oral storytelling, learning and reciting poetry, library sessions, whole class shared reading, guided reading and story time.

As well as reading and writing, Literacy involves the development of children’s’ speaking and listening skills. Students are encouraged to read a variety of books from different genres.

English is divided into three main topics; Narrative: plays and scripts, Non-fiction and Poetry. Within each main topic several themes and topics are covered. Stories with historical settings, stories set in imaginary worlds, information texts, newspapers and reports are just a few of the exciting topics we study!