Cranborne Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8PF

01246 232370

Nurture, Cherish, Succeed


"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all"



At Newbold Church of England Primary School, children are encouraged to develop a broad range of skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing right across the curriculum. Children participate in a daily English lesson in years 1 to 6 and in a wide range of language activities in Reception.

Reading is a vital skill and we encourage parents to join in the excitement of their children learning to read.  We use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, and supplement this with a wide range of non-scheme books.  We have a well-stocked library and children are encouraged to utilise, discuss and recommend books they have read.

Writing skills are a key priority within the school.  We emphasise presentation and handwriting skills.  Our approach to writing is creative and inclusive and we believe enjoyment should be at the centre of our teaching of the subject.  All classes undertake writing for a range of audiences and purpose.

Speaking and listening skills are developed across the whole curriculum; classes regularly have opportunities to discuss and present their work to encourage confidence and self-expression.




Reading is a priority at NCS and children have extensive opportunities to develop their skills and love of reading. The children in Y3-6 partake in accelerated reading on a daily basis which provides them with the opportunity to read a wide range of texts of different genres and complete quizzes on them to ensure they have understood the text.

In addition to this, all classes across the school have reading strategy lessons four times a week. During these sessions the children can engage with a text as a group and share their findings and understanding of a text. The children are exposed to both fictional and non-fictional texts to broaden their knowledge.


Each week, the children take part in a comprehension lesson which focuses more closely on developing their ability to demonstrate their understanding of a text.

We are fortunate to have several parent volunteers who come into school to listen to readers across each class and we also host coffee afternoons, whereby parents are invited into school to share a book with their child. The children also make regular visits to the local library and have the opportunity to undergo reading challenges during the Summer holidays. 


Click here to view the whole school English overview

Click here for more information on Phonic and Year 1 Phonics Screening Check


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