Phonics is taught on a daily basis from the start of Early Years and throughout Key Stage 1, following the Letters and Sounds Framework and guidance. In addition to daily discrete sessions, phonics underpins all of the teaching in Early Years and Key Stage 1. We track children’s progress in phonics on a half termly basis. All children sit the statutory Phonics Screen Check at the end of Year 1 where their ability to read 40 real and non-sense words is tested. Targeted interventions are provided to ensure that no child is left behind and this support continues for the very small number of children in Key Stage 2 who continue to need it.
In our school, we are passionate about developing enthusiastic and creative writers; children are given the opportunity to write for a wide range of purposes and audiences, not only within our daily literacy sessions, but across the curriculum.
Teachers use high quality texts and real life experiences to inspire and teach writing across a range of genres.
Children develop their skills in spelling, handwriting, grammar, vocabulary and punctuation and are taught how to edit and re-draft their writing.
Progression in Spelling and Grammar (SPaG) grid
Speaking and Listening
We value the importance good speaking and listening skills across the curriculum and give children opportunities to develop these skills through a range of activities including; word games, group and whole class discussions, reciting poetry, debates, drama and role play.