Literacy and communication skills lie at the heart of our curriculum. At the start of each new curriculum theme all children are given a novel to read for enjoyment during holidays and as a basis for their learning in the forthcoming term.



  • Our termly curriculum themes provide the content for our writing.
  • Children learn to write a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres.
  • Every week, children produce an independent piece of extended writing.
  • Each writing genre is started with an ‘experience’ to allow to children to have a personal knowledge of what they are expected to write about.
  • Children learn to write as writers, thinking about the process of crafting a text – planning, writing, redrafting and publishing.
  • A ‘Star Writer’ is chosen from each class every two weeks and their work is celebrated on a display. The children receive a certificate in our celebration assembly and their photograph goes in the newsletter.
  • Children have Writing Journals where they can record personal and creative writing.
  • Daily spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons help learners to produce technically accurate writing.



  • In Reception and Year 1, children begin to learn to read through Daily Supported Reading.
  • Year 2 have guided reading 4 times a week for 30 minutes. Each group is lead by an adult to support their reading through prediction, summarising, investigating and questioning.
  • Every class from Year 3 upwards has 30 minutes of guided reading every day. Every child will have at least one session per week reading with an adult as part of a small group.
  • Teachers teach reading using the reciprocal teaching model (SPIQE)
  • Every child has a home reading and library book. They are encouraged to read at home every evening and record this in a home journal.
  • The Reading Recovery programme is used to support learners who find reading challenging in Year 1.
  • Daily phonic lessons are given daily in the foundation stage and in KS1 and some children from KS2.
  • Reading for pleasure is promoted across the school through experiences like Big Read and interactive book corners.



  • ‘Talk Partners’ are used to help children communicate with each other and discuss tasks.
  • ‘Talk for Writing’ is an important tool for teaching children how to write. Pupils are encouraged to learn a piece of writing or story off my heart. This helps with internalising the structure and helps to generate ideas for writing.
  • Speaking and listening activities are incorporated into daily lesson planning across the curriculum.
  • Learners from Upper Key Stage 2 take part in debates with children from other schools.