We believe that sound language development holds the key to success in all areas of learning in the Primary School and in the child’s development. This depends on the ability to read and speak effectively and to communicate on paper in a clear and legible style.

Development and diagnostic tests are used to monitor progress and children’s reading ages are tested on an annual basis.

Speaking and Listening

It is important that children develop understanding of the spoken word and learn to express themselves effectively in a variety of speaking and listening activities. Learning situations are organised in order for this to happen in a structured way.

East Stour Primary has two speech and langauge assistants and an Higher Level Teaching Assitant (HLTA) who specialises in this area to specifically help our younger pupils so that their skills are developed for further up the school.


Through ‘child initiated’ play and role play, children are encouraged at an early age to record their expriences both verbally and in writing. Throughout the school various strategies are put into place to encourage children to feel confident in expressing their thoughts in a variety of genre – such as factual writing, creative stories, diaries and recounts.


The ultimate aim of teaching the children to read, is that they should be able to read with understanding and enjoyment and for gaining further knowledge. East Stour has invested in a variety of Reading programmes and fictional books in order for children to broaden their experiences.

We have parents and helpers who come into the school on a regualr basis to hear children read and we welcome many more. If you are interested in becoming a helper, please visit our section ‘Becoming a Volunteer’ in the Parents’ section.

The school has invested in Read, Write, Inc.programmes developed by Ruth Miskin in order to facilitate the childrens’ learning.

“The Read Write Inc. programmes combine into a complete literacy programme rooted in the new national curriculum for children aged five to eleven. They are designed to stimulate and challenge children’s thinking and create enthusiastic, life-long readers and writers. Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read, Write, Inc. programmes: Participation, Praise, Pace, Purpose and Passion.’ For further information please visit the website:


East Stour Primary School,
Earlsworth Road,
TN24 0DW
01233 630820