At Rutherford House, reading is at the heart of everything that we do. We understand the importance of equipping our children with life-long Literacy skills so that they develop a love of reading and are fully prepared for the next chapter in their school life..  Woven through every part of our curriculum is the thread of Literacy.  Our aim is to give all pupils confidence to express themselves in the English language and to awaken in them a love of its remarkable richness and beauty During their time at Rutherford House, children become confident speakers, readers and writers through innovative and engaging teaching strategies.

In the classroom, teachers enrich children’s learning through drama, multi-modal texts, visual, audio and kinaesthetic approaches. Inviting inspiring agencies and organisations to work with our children, and planning Literacy beyond the classroom ensures that our children’s Literacy learning journey continuously evolves.  An appreciation of and aptitude for English enriches our lives, facilitates clear thinking and identifies who we are. It permeates all areas of the curriculum.

From Reception, we develop in our children a secure grasp of fundamental skills in Reading, Handwriting, Spelling and Grammar.  Verbal communication and listening practice play an important part, essential in a world that is becoming dominated by the moving screen and texting. Factual and creative writing enables pupils to order ideas and express their imaginative thoughts in stories and poems.

As pupils progress through the school their assurance in the use of English is enhanced through discussions, formal debates and Drama, including public performances. Stories, poems and children’s “classics” are read for enjoyment and analytical study. Celebrated poets, authors and theatre companies regularly come into school to run workshops with pupils and bring texts to life.


We follow the PenPals handwriting scheme at RHS. Our younger children are introduced to four main characters which help them to memorise the sequence for writing each letter correctly. The key thing to remember is that all letters start from the top (apart from d and e). Joining is introduced in Year 1 once children are ready. As a school, we expect children to use a clear, neat joined script in their everyday writing. We do not teach ‘cursive’ (joining from the line).

You can download some resources below that will help your child at home to practise their handwriting.

Information about handwriting 1

Information about handwriting 2

Letter patterns

Letter families



Bug Club

Bug Club is a whole-school online reading platform for Reception, KS1 and KS2 that transforms young readers into life-long readers. Children are instantly engaged in their own personalised reading world. Interactive activities, characters they know and love and rewards keep them motivated.  It's perfect for their independent reading journey. 

Whether they’re reading Ben10 eBooks at home, acting in a play written by Julia Donaldson, or thumbing through their favourite Batman comic, Bug Club helps them catch and keep the reading bug.

Bug Club parent information