Literacy is a fundamental life skill. We recognise the importance of developing our children’s skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing in order that they are literate and can communicate effectively and confidently. The children are taught in their class groups for English. One lesson a day will have a greater emphasis on writing and another will have a reading focus. Developing the children’s speaking and listening skills will be addressed across the whole curriculum as these are key skills.
In Key Stage 1 we have a writing lesson each morning, as well as a 30 minute guided reading lesson and a daily 30 minute phonics/spelling lesson. Three afternoons a week, we also have a whole class reading lesson.
In Years 3 - 6 we have five one hour writing lessons each week and five one hour whole class reading lessons . In addition to these we also have three spelling sessions and two handwriting lessons. Year 6 also have three extra literacy lessons timetabled into their afternoon which focus on reading or spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Please see the Early Years section for information about how English is taught in Nursery and Reception.
We use a range of reading materials in school to support the teaching of reading. We predominately use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme with the children but will supplement this scheme with other reading materials. The key skills the children need to develop are around developing strategies to read unfamiliar words and understanding what they are reading. However, we also really want to develop a love of reading for its own sake. So please encourage your child to look out for reading clubs and activities that we run to support this.
The children will bring a reading book home and we would ask all parents and family to read with your child as often as possible as this will make a big impact on their progress in reading. All children in Key Stage 1 and 2 have a home reading log where we ask that you record the times when your child has read at home.
If you wish to discuss what you can do to support your child at home please do not hesitate to contact school.
Where possible, we try to link our writing lessons as close to our Topic lessons as we can. This is not only to provide our children with meaningful and purposeful tasks across a range of genres, but also so that they have enough background knowledge for writing. Writing in mainly taught in class, however SEN writing groups are taken out to work in smaller groups to cater for their specific needs in order to maximise progress. In year 6 Writing is taught in sets in order to prepare our children for secondary school.
We use the Nelson handwriting scheme in school.
Spelling and Phonics
In Year 1 phonics is taught daily across 5 ability groups. We incorporate the Letters and Sounds programme into our planning and also make reference to the Jolly Phonics Scheme. In Year 2 children have daily sessions working towards the Year 2 Spelling and Grammar objectives. Those children who need Phonics teaching have daily intervention.
In KS2 spellings are taken from National Curriculum. Children are given spellings that follow the objective being taught that week alongside 4-5 spellings from the Common Exception Word lists.
Please click here to find a copy of the Common Exception Words that your child must learn to read and spell in Key Stage 1. These are 'tricky words' which the children have to learn rather than rely on their use of their sounds. For Years 3-6 you will find a copy of these words by clicking on your child's year group and selecting the 'English' tab.
Please click on your child’s year group to see what they will be learning over the year.
Our Literacy Leader is Yvonne Cridland.