‘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.


Reader Leaders

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.