Our Essential Characteristics of Writers

• The ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.
• A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.
• A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.
• Well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
• Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.
• A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.

Our Essential Characteristics of Readers

• Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
• Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
• Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
• An excellent comprehension of texts.
• The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
• Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.

Our Essential Characteristics of Communicators

• An exceptional talent for listening attentively so as to understand what is being said. 
• A rich and varied vocabulary that gives clarity and interest to conversations.
• Clear speech that can be easily understood by a range of audiences.
• An excellent grasp of the rules used in English conversation, such as tenses and the grammatical structure of sentences.
• A highly developed ability to tell stories that capture the interest and imagination of the audience.
• A delight in initiating and joining in conversations.
• Respect for others when communicating, even when views differ.


All children in Early Years and KS1 have daily phonics lessons. We use The Little Wandle scheme of work. There are some videos below of how we teach phonics using this scheme. 

At the end of Y1, all children take a phonics screening test.  Please look at the Parents Information page for further details about the test. If they do not reach the required pass mark in Y1, they take the test again at the end of Y2. 


Children participate in Guided Reading activities in class on a regular basis.  During this time, they either read with a teacher, read independently or practise skills such as handwriting, grammar or phonics. 

Every child is given a home reading book in addition to the books they read in class.  As part of their homework tasks, they are expected to read at least four times a week (including weekends).  Ideally, we’d like you to read with your child every day, even when their reading becomes more fluent. As well as reading their reading scheme book, we’re happy if they read books you may have at home, or non-fiction items such as magazines, football programmes etc. 

Your child may be given a Lexia account.  This program assesses a range of skills, then assigns a personal set of activities and will expect weekly practice (between 10 and 80 minutes, depending on how many skills your child needs to master).  We’d be really grateul if you could encourage your child to use Lexia at home.  The website is https://www.lexiacore5.com and the email address you need to put in to set it up is:


Please see your child’s teacher if you’d like any more information.  

Oxford Owl is a good website which has hundreds of free e-books for your child to read.  Please ask for a class log in. Thank you 


All classes follow set texts each half term, which are often based on the topics we are studying. Every class also studies poetry and the children learn how to write poems in different styles. 

One of our favourite websites is http://www.pobble365.com, where children are encouraged to use a picture as a stimulus for their writing.  We also enjoy looking at the films on https://www.literacyshed.com

All children complete independent pieces of writing regularly.  These are collected in a writing book, which follows the child through the school. 

Grammar is taught alongside writing.  

We also have Spelling Shed https://play.spellingshed.com, which will help your child to learn all of the spellings they need to know each year.  Please see your child’s teacher or send us a message on Class Dojo if you would like a reminder of your child’s username and password.  The game can be played on a computer or hand-held device. 


Here’s how we teach children to form letters. The top one is used in Reception to teach children how to form individual letters. The bottom one is introduced in KS1 and is used throughout KS2.  Please see your child’s teacher if you have any questions about handwriting. Thank you 

How you can help at home

Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

A sharing book.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

Reading practice book

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

Sharing book

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

The videos on this page show parents how we teach your child specific aspects of phonics in class.

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