Children at Sybourn learn to read during Phonics and guided reading lessons which take place at the same time everyday. During these lessons children participate in a carousel of activities, which provide opportunities for them to develop their fluency in reading, as well as their inference and comprehension skills. All children have the opportunity to read with their teacher at least once a week, as well as taking part in reciprocal reading and ICT activities. Children also read on a frequent basis to familiarise them with story language and ideas for their own writing. Additional reading support is delivered by LSAs and advanced skills teachers. 

At Sybourn we believe that it is vital for children to have opportunities to practise their reading at home. Children who are still developing their decoding skills are given a colour-banded reading book to take home. This is carefully selected by their class teacher to ensure it is of an appropriate level for their reading ability. More competent readers take home chapter books which they select themselves form their class library. In addition to this, all children have access to Bug Club, an online reading scheme.

The teaching of English is at the heart of curriculum provision at Sybourn Primary School. Children learn how to read, write and spell in Literacy and Phonics lessons every morning. If required, extra support is provided to pupils through intervention groups in the afternoons. Our writing lessons are 'skills-based' and are carefully differentiated to meet the needs of all learners. A love of writing is encouraged through engaging and lively texts and stories. Many pupils beginning their education at primary school have limited or no English, therefore, we aim to provide our pupils with opportunities to develop core communication skills in every lesson, regardless of the subject. Progress and attainment in writing at Sybourn is achieved through carefully tailored, high-quality lessons and resources.