Useful links to help with literacy
Grammar, spelling and punctuation
‘Language and literacy are of personal, social and economic importance. Our ability to use language lies at the centre of the development and expression of our emotions, our thinking, our learning and our sense of personal identity. Language is itself a key aspect of our culture.
Literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning, as it unlocks access to the wider curriculum. Being literate increases opportunities for the individual in all aspects of life, lays the foundations for lifelong learning and work, and contributes strongly to child development.’
Curriculum for Excellence: Literacy across Learning
Each Year Group plans carefully for meaningful outcomes in reading and writing with a strong focus on grammar teaching. Pupils are encouraged to edit and redraft their work before submitting a final piece in writing. The children study quality texts and significant authors with a book study and/or Author study each term. We focus on reading strategies including inference skills and believe that effective reading takes place as part of a social process working collaboratively within a group developing different roles.
We regularly host visiting authors and have enjoyed workshops with James Campell, Jack Trelawny and Billy Bob Buttons.
We are part of a cluster of schools working within the Gorleston/Gt Yarmouth area. Both the English Subject Leader and Maths Subject leader meet with colleagues from other schools / academies each half term to share good practice; carry out moderation of pupils’ work; plan for cross curricular initiatives such as Gifted & Talented Writers workshops; competitions, staff development, etc. and discuss all things pertinent to Literacy.
This collaborative partnership also enables pupils to visit other schools / academies and participate in activities offered by our own and other schools / academies. Schools / academies offer opportunities to share visiting authors and the chance to participate in an annual Spellathon competition.
We place reading at the heart of everything we do. Children in EYFS and KS1 have daily phonics lessons through the Letters and Sounds programme. They have daily Guided Reading sessions initially in small groups in EYFS and the start of Year 1, moving on to collaborative whole class sessions towards the end of Year 1 and throughout Year 2. Talk Time and Book Sharing are part of everyday practice and pupils learn the language of a range of quality literature. Pupils learn key texts through Talk4Writing and regularly imitate and innovate key texts.
Pupils are taught key reading strategies such as: creating pictures in their minds, ‘being a detective’ (to infer meaning) and using breakdown strategies if they are unsure when approaching new words and more complex ideas. Targeted questioning enables pupils to access texts on different levels and ensures access for all.
In Key Stage 2, reading strategies are applied to increasingly more complex and varied tests. We aim to increase pupils’ reading fluency and stamina and broaden their knowledge of authors and text types. Pupils are taught to understand how questions are phrased and the expectations of how to answer effectively.
Staff actively encourage reading for pleasure through a variety of creative ways. We encourage pupils to make recommendations to their friends; take part in book tournaments, take on reading challenges, host VIP readers in class and have pupil Reader Leaders who run fun events to engage younger pupils.
Every class has an inviting reading corner which is themed and well-stocked with good quality texts. Reader Leaders are trained to support the younger pupils and provide excellent role models. They are keen and enthusiastic and support staff with a range of reading initiatives.
This year we have launched a regular ReadMeet encouraging parents to come along and enjoy some breakfast with books and discuss different aspects of reading. It is our ultimate aim to engage all our parents and carers in supporting their child at every step of their reading journey.
We also believe in developing our pupils as leaders. Children are trained as Reader Leaders towards the end of Year 5 in readiness to take on the role fully. They have a half day’s training with the English Subject Leader and meet regularly for a working lunch. They are assigned to classes across the academy and will support the teachers and younger pupils in a variety of reading activities.
Information about our literacy curriculum can be downloaded from the links below.
Grammar, spelling and punctuation