The Pilgrim School


We are writers, we are readers,

we are speakers and listeners

….we are Pilgrim!

Exciting News!!! In 2022. The Pilgrim School are implementing the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme to learn phonics and early reading.  Look out for more information in our Zoom Workshop on The Pilgrim School home page!   

I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness. (John 10:10)

This is the precept upon which our Pilgrim School is founded. We are committed to enabling each member of our community to flourish. 

Following the role model of Christ, we constantly strive to be His pilgrims:

  forever compassionate, caring and inclusive,

forever trustworthy,

forever aspiring and adventurous,

forever respectful,

forever thankful,

forever us

… forever Pilgrim.


Our INTENT for English at Pilgrim:

At the Pilgrim School we inspire and establish an excitement for English:

Forever aspiring and adventurous

Creating personalised knowledge and a skills-based toolkit with our children (including key features of speaking, listening, reading and writing),

we enable English learning through creative, relevant and purposeful application.

Expectations for each year group are underpinned through structured teaching, using our own Pilgrim Progress,

developed through our Pilgrim School identity, vision and the National Curriculum requirements.

Language provides the foundation of thinking and learning. 

Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that lets us communicate effectively and make sense of the world.

(National Literacy Trust 2020) 


We choose to invest time, to value, and to prioritise English learning,

in order that these fundamental skills (along with our Pilgrim Christian values)

may be applied to enhance every other aspect of the curriculum,

to build our identity and to equip us to flourish in our daily life.


 Priorities for Pilgrim children include:

  • Reading easily, fluently and with good understanding

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

  • Acquiring a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar, a knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and speech

  • Appreciating our rich and varied literary heritage

  • Writing clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting language and style through a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

  • Using discussion in order to learn

  • Competency in the arts of speaking and listening

  • Phonics writing

  • Lockdown spelling 

  • Reggie, our reading dog - we miss you!

  • Describe a dream home

  • Design a dream home

  • Pilgrim School News Report

  • Reading skills book



Our Implementation in English at Pilgrim:

At Pilgrim, we believe the best English practice comes through the inspiration and exploration of real-life experiences, current events, cross-curricular learning and writing with a purpose.  

Teachers are encouraged to use their professional judgement (structured using our Pilgrim Progress) as to how and when to maximise opportunities for English learning, through personalising, differentiating and applying the curriculum creatively, adapting it specifically to their particular cohort and linking it to real-life learning through relevant current affairs .

The subject of English provides great opportunity to reflect on our own identity at Pilgrim,  and to learn about and consider our diversity and heritage,

both in literary terms and in the context of the wider world's development.  

Not only do we enjoy sharing a rich range of reading material, but we also consider how our language has grown, 

and we particularly enjoy debates and writing from the perspective of others from different places or times around our world.                 

English learning is applied every day, in all aspects of the curriculum,

and is also taught elitely each day to establish and practise specific knowledge and skills.

Reading is a priority. We love reading at Pilgrim.

As appropriate, all children engage in daily phonics (using our systematic synthetic phonics programme): Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised

This programme also instructs our teaching of reading until every child's reading is fluent and phonics are secure.

Reading for pleasure is embraced at the same time as learning to read.

Readers are encouraged to enjoy sharing books with friends and family, to access information,

and to be adventurous and ambitious in their reading choices, helping to extend vocabulary and inspire ideas for writing.

We use our Review, Teach, Practise and Apply process to establish the next steps forprogress in each child’s learning journey in every element of English.

Teachers adapt every element: challenging, extending and developing, as well as scaffolding and supporting as appropriate.

Peer learning and self-assessment are highly valued to encourage children to reflect and identify their own next steps,
embed understanding, celebrate success and become aspirational in their learning.

Technology is used widely, efficiently and effectively to enhance teaching and to support and extend learning.

Children learn to use technology safely, within English, developing skills relevant to their life at Pilgrim and beyond.

Children with additional learning needs are supported to enable success and progress. 

Where necessary, targets can be included on a child's school based plan, to monitor interventions and targeted support.

Pilgrim writing is often stimulated, or information gathered, on a school trip or visit then used to inspire and inform pieces of cross curricular writing.

We enjoy live lessons or visits with authors, poets and illustrators and the local library team.

We also love a competition!This is our current competition: 

See the English Writing webpage for a list of the winners and some of the brilliant winning entries!  

Seizing every opportunity!  On any given day the range of English learning experiences at Pilgrim could include:

  • Spoken Language (project presentation, school council discussion, worship team, production, escorting visitors, Pilgrim School News broadcast, chatting at lunchtime, story tent)

  • Reading (reading café, reading buddies, reading rewards, guided reading, class reading book, World Book Day, reading skills, Reading Team volunteers, Little Wandle, e-reading)

  • Writing (shared writing, peer editing, letters of application, competitions, homework challenges, real-life and cross-curricular genres, poetry,  note taking, minutes, messages)

  • Handwriting (Occupational Therapy groups, sensory circuits, fine motor skills, presentation target group, use of technology, published work, touch typing, focused practice)

  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (peer editing, games, investigations, patterns and rules, problem solving, feedback, phonics, applying skills, Little Wandle, Bananagrams)

Phonics, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar at Pilgrim

Our phonics learning using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised follows a detailed and careful progression.


Writing at Pilgrim

Children use a range of methods, including their workbooks to explore, record and advance their strands of English learning. 

From young, the children build their own portfolio of their best writing,

illustrating the progress made in a variety of writing genres throughout each year of their Pilgrim journey. 

Their creative writing book is the result of the authorial process

in which they are taught and practise, to develop inspiration, to plan, draft, edit, proof-read, improve and publish their own writing.

This book is a wonderful measure of their personal progress throughout Pilgrim - and is often their pride and joy!

Below are the Pilgrim writing genres used across the school.  The range of genres are increased each Key Stage to build knowledge and understanding of the conventions of each of these and to allow maturing practice and application of greater acquired skills. 

From Early Years and emergent writing to accomplished and purposeful pieces, Pilgrims love to write.At Pilgrim, we use the National Curriculum suggested categories of genres, but encourage our teachers to use their professional judgement to plan inspiring writing opportunities to be relevant and effective, making the most of real-life and cross curricular links. 

These genres are not ordered, although the writing skills used are cumulative, in order that they might be adapted and personalised for each particular cohort.

Handwriting at Pilgrim

Our Impact in English at Pilgrim:

Teachers complete assessment at many levels in English and these assessments are carried out for a variety of purposes:

  •  On-going assessment is an informal part of English lessons. The purpose is to review a pupil's previous learning and is therefore used to inform future planning.
  •  Pilgrim Progress is used as a form of recorded assessment in each of the key English elements.
  • Teachers make termly judgements of children’s attainment and progress against year group expectations.
  • Parents are informed of children’s progress and targets throughout the year.
  • Analysis of whole-school English data to establish strengths and areas for development for whole school focus and target groups

Impact is also measured through:

  • Monitoring of teaching, book scrutiny, pupil interviews, Pilgrim progress analysis
  • Early learning goals, Phonics screening, KS1 & KS2 English SATs, 11+ English
  • Internal, MAT, local authority and regional writing moderation
  • Reading café attendance, reading team data, reading rewards data
  • Family involvement (book fair, world book day, competitions, workshops) 


     Children leave The Pilgrim School knowing how to read and how to access information.  They are equipped to move onto their next stage of English learning.They are building a life-long love of reading and the writing skills to discuss, inform, entertain and persuade. Their learning is relevant and real to their world - a world in which they can go on to flourish.We are writers, we are readers, we are speakers and listeners....we are Pilgrim!

Reading Café

Every Tuesday lunchtime, the Pilgrim School hosts the Reading Café where children are able to read to both their peers and volunteer adults. It is aimed to encourage the love of reading and enable the children a quiet space to explore the wonderful world of books! It is loved by the children and is always washed down nicely with a yummy milkshake! 


Useful Websites:


Pilgrim Progress - English