At our schools, we believe that the development of the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are fundamental to all learning, and that the ability to communicate effectively in speech and writing is a necessary skill for life. We aim to foster a lifelong love of reading through all its different forms.

We follow the National Primary Framework for Literacy.

Literacy is taught both as a discrete subject and through cross-curricular topics. This helps children to appreciate the relevance of their literacy learning. Increasingly, ICT is becoming a key component of literacy, so that your children are equipped to be 21st century learners.

A wide range of activities, along with an emphasis on phonics is used to teach children to read, and as soon as they can read with a degree of fluency, they are encouraged to read from as wide a range of texts as possible. It is recommended that children read and share books for ten minutes per day in Keystage 1. It is just as important for children to talk about the text as it is for them to read it fluently.

We teach phonics through Letters and Sounds but use some elements from Jolly Phonics.

Our pupils have access to a wide range of phonic based reading books (fiction and non-fiction) including:

  • Floppy's Phonics
  • Songbirds Phonics
  • Project X Origins
  • Traditional Tales

Our reading schemes include:

  • Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories
  • Snapdragons
  • Fireflies
  • All Stars
  • Jackdaws