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Our aim is to provide the skills that are necessary to enable each child to be literate in the very broadest sense of the word – by being an active user of language – reading, writing and speaking. Children are given tasks at appropriate and differentiated levels. Where appropriate, Information Technology is used to enhance or support their work.


We want our children to read fluently and with understanding.  We encourage a love of books – a sharing of our joy at discovering pleasure in a wide variety of books.  There are daily opportunities for reading and we encourage our pupils to read regularly to their parents/carers.  To support this we have a home/school reading record.
We encourage the use of books for both reference and pleasure because we believe that referencing skills can support a child to develop the skills of becoming an independent learner.

For more details about our teaching of phonics click here


We provide our children with a variety of opportunities for writing.  We aim to teach and encourage the understanding of English structure and correct spelling as well as giving opportunities for creative and extended writing.  We believe that language skills cannot be learned in isolation – they are learned and applied by children being active participants in the listening, speaking and writing of English.

We endeavour to foster confidence and enjoyment in writing in its many forms, including poetry and song.

We use a wide variety of materials to stimulate the children’s learning including video clips, music, educational visits, books and ICT programmes.  These are not an end in themselves, but provide an opportunity for the children to demonstrate their skills and for their learning to be put to effective use.


The children are encouraged to develop a script, which is based on the Nelson scheme.  We feel that the presentation of work is very important because it is a means of communicating; and as such should be legible and well formed.  Well-presented work can encourage a child to take a pride in his/her work.

We use Spelling Shed which has been designed to give 100% coverage of the National Curriculum.

The scheme is divided into six stages, each stage corresponding to the respective school year. Within each stage there are weekly objectives and spelling lists that give a steady progression through the curriculum as well as review and challenge lists to extend vocabulary. For each week's spelling list we provide a traditional printable practice sheet that follows the look-cover-write-check format. We also provide a printable activity for each list that can be used in class, as a homework or where technology is not available.

Speaking and Listening

We provide opportunities for ideas to be discussed with others.  In this way we feel that we are building on foundations, already laid before a child begins school.  Children are encouraged to express their views and support them with relevant facts.  We encourage pupils to appreciate the importance of listening to the views of others.  By listening to others they will, with consideration, understanding and careful thought learn how to judge what is fair and acceptable.  We teach, and regularly consolidate, listening skills


Y1 and Y2 Common Exception Word List 

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