Primary School

College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS

0117 353 2052

English Curriculum


At Cathedral Primary School, we teach phonics using a validated programme called Unlocking Letters and Sounds. This approach teaches children the skill of decoding words through segmenting sounds and blending. 

To find out more about how we teach Phonics, please click here.



It is our intention at Cathedral Primary School for all children to become creative, imaginative writers and be given a wealth of opportunities to do this. It is our belief that children must be immersed in quality literature and develop a love of stories from the earliest possible age. We do this through a book study approach, where the children will be fully immersed in the language, story and world of a book each term. Across the school, the immersion process can include talking the text; drama and role play; and art and design activities linked to the book. Following this, they are given creative writing opportunities linked to the book. Each year, the children will explore a range of fiction and non-fiction genres and we will progressively build their understanding of writing features through discrete teaching of grammar. 

Writing        Writing


At Cathedral Primary School our vision for reading is that all children become confident readers, develop their own reading identity and most importantly share a love of reading.  Throughout the whole school we encourage all of our children to read for pleasure.  Alongside discrete teaching of reading, children have regular opportunities to read independently in class with a high quality text of their choice from a wide range of literature as well as listening to their teacher read from their class reader each day.

Click here to view our Reading Curriculum.