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  • Spoken Language: Children are taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English.

  • Phonics:Children are taught phonics through the "Letters and Sounds" Little Wandle Phonics Scheme. All EYFS & KS1 pupils have access to the Big Cat reading and phonics resources.


  • Reading: Children are taught to read fluently and for pleasure a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. They are encouraged to develop comprehension skills and their ability to read with understanding.  We follow the Little Wandle New Letters and Sounds phonics Scheme which is supported by the Big Cat Reading Scheme. All pupils have access to "Little Wandle" an online reading scheme and "First News" a newspaper specifically for Primary School children. 

  • Reading practice sessions take place at least three times a week. Each
    reading practice session has a clear focus, so that the demands of the session do
    not overload the children’s working memory.
    The reading practice sessions have been designed to focus on three key reading skills:
    • decoding
    • prosody – reading with meaning, stress and intonation
    • comprehension – understanding the text.


  • Writing: Children are taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing They are encouraged to communicate effectively by being aware of the audience, purpose and context as well as the presentation. Children are encouraged to extend their writing.


  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar: Children are taught to use their phonics knowledge to help them with spelling and learning new vocabulary. Children are taught to use punctuation and grammar accurately. Pupils in KS1 & KS2 have access to "SPAG.com" an online Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar resource.