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At Sudbourne one of our core principles is that learning should fire enthusiasm and we think this is key to our teaching of literacy. Not only do we believe that every child has the potential to be a great reader and writer but we believe that each child will find excitement and enjoyment through the creative literacy lessons taught at our school.

We are a Talking School', which means that the children are encouraged to verbalise their thoughts and reasons for an answer in full Standard English with support from a talk partner or a teacher/teaching assistant.  We believe this allows the child to process their thoughts more clearly and enables them to achieve a higher standard when writing. 

The new curriculum has an emphasis on performing and reading work aloud, this is something Sudbourne children are encouraged to do on a regular basis to enhance their speaking skills and develop their confidence.

Reading - is an essential part of our curriculum and the following opportunities to develop reading skills are incorporated into our school day:

  • EYFS - Year 2: We encourage all of our emerging readers and writers by giving them exciting phonics lessons following the Ruth Miskin Read Write Programme. These lessons involve a rich array of speaking, listening, reading and writing opportunities that reinforce phonetic development to meet each child's learning needs.
  • Year 3 - Year 6: Whole class guided reading sessions that focus on everyone reading from the same text, allowing children to access literature that may be above their level of reading. The children receive outstanding modelling from the teacher and rich discussion with quality questioning, which encourages detailed answers with textual evidence.
  • For All: Classes receive daily reading of a whole class story and the older children are encouraged to read independantly for pleasure. All children have the weekly opportunity to borrow books from the school library and are exposed to a balance of various reading genres including non-fiction.

Writing - is predominately taught through our topic to give maximum context and purpose. We create exciting outcomes to give children an incentive to write and we deliver the core skills of vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation in a variety of ways, to stimulate different learning styles. Opportunities for 'Talk for Writing' are planned into all aspects of literacy work and drama lets the children explore their ideas and imaginations in a creative way.

  • EYFS:  The Nursery children are encouraged to explore mark making using a variety of tools, using large and small movements.  This is taught through play using a kinaesthetic approach.  In Reception children receive regular handwriting lessons in addition to their daily Read Write phonic lessons, where they have teaching on sentence structure.
  • Phase 1: The children continue to explore and learn key literacy skills using rich exciting texts as starting points. We use ‘Talk for Writing’ to give the children a clear frame from which to hang their own ideas for both fiction and non-fiction writing.
  • Phase 2: The children are beginning to extend their grammar and writing skills. Handwriting continues to be a daily part of our literacy practice and children sustain their writing through the teaching of descriptive language techniques. Rich texts are used for exemplar modelling which sets the standards high for children to aim for when undertaking their own writing. Under the new curriculum dictation now takes place to improve children's listening, writing and reading skills.
  • Phase 3: Focus is given to the technical terms for spelling, punctuation and grammar. Children are taught and expected to be familiar with most genres of fiction and non-fiction writing. Children are coached to develop the structural elements of their writing and to understand the effect their choices make on the reader, this is modelled through the work of established authors.


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DownloadsPhonics and early reading and writing policy Sept 2013.pdf