Literacy

This page will have details of the spelling and handwriting schemes we use, and links to useful resources to support learning.

Literacy lessons

Children have a daily literacy lesson, and in addition will have time to read by themselves.

Typically, a literacy lesson will include a short spelling session, some grammar work, and an independent task when children put what they have learnt into practice. Teachers will work with their teacher in guided reading groups or writing groups. Classes are not streamed for literacy lessons. All children are given appropriate targets to improve their work and are encouraged to take a pride in the quality of work they produce.

Our goal is to teach children to be articulate writers who can use language creatively in a variety of styles, for different purposes and different audiences. We want children to enjoy the process of writing, and to feel proud of their written work. Above all, we want them to recognise that writing is a craft, and as such it has to be practised, refined and finally published to be of real value.

Children may talk about VCOP - this stands for Vocabulary, Connectives, Openings and Punctuation. We use these prompts a lot in our literacy lessons to help make writing more powerful and interesting.

We use a scheme called Penpals to assist with the teaching of handwriting, and we use Read Write Inc Spelling to teach spelling. We use a variety of resources to teach grammar, following the requirements of the National Curriculum.

Spelling

The English language is tricky when it comes to spelling. We have so many different ways of spelling the same sounds, and so many words which don't seem to fit any rules.

We teach spelling using a scheme called Read Write Inc. Our aim is for children to spell accurately in their independent writing, and for them to understand the origins and structures of words. In spelling lessons, we expand our vocabulary and acquire skills which help us to understand and compose more sophisticated texts.

The National Curriculum sets expectations for the end of Year 2 and Year 6. There are recommended lists of words which children are expected to be able to spell by the end of Year 4 and the end of Year 6. You can find these on the Homework pages in the Year Hubs in My School.


Literacy resources for parents