English at Darnhall Primary School 

At Darnhall Primary School, the development of English skills is crucial to all areas of the curriculum. We believe good literacy skills are the fundamental building blocks towards academic and social success. 

Pathways to Write

The joy of reading and writing, throughout the school, is actively promoted through the use of ‘Pathways to Write' created by the Literacy Company. 'Pathways to Write' is based around units of work which develop vocabulary, reading and writing skills through the mastery approach. Lessons are linked to high-quality texts to ensure engaging and purposeful English lessons. Effective teaching strategies to challenge our greater depth writers are included within each of our lessons.

Pathways to Read


Pathways to Read is a brand-new programme designed to equip pupils from Year 2 onwards with key skills to move them through the reading process towards becoming competent and fluent readers. To support this approach, clear detailed lesson plans and resources are linked to high-quality texts. Pathways to Read ensures engaging and purposeful reading lessons.

The units can be used thematically alongside our award-winning programme Pathways to Write to encourage a whole school curriculum approach with the opportunity for topics to link across all year groups. Both programmes compliment one another. However, they can both be used successfully as a stand alone programme.


At Darnhall Primary School, we aim to achieve proficiency in spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG). Each week, classes promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exception words and the national spelling rules through the no-nonsense spelling scheme. We believe that the teaching of spelling, grammar and punctuation enables children to be able to maximise their potential in reading and writing.

SPaG lessons are embedded throughout the Pathways to Write planning and they will be implemented on multiple occasions over each unit of work. The different 'keys' will ensure that previous year groups' SPaG targets are recapped too.

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Contact Us: Darnhall Primary School Sandyhill Road, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 1JL

Tel: 01606 593315 General enquiries please contact the office.

Email: contact@darnhall.cheshire.sch.uk