Early Language Development
Literacy starts with talking and our school values communication very highly. We are an Every Child a Talker school and one of our Early Years teachers, Mrs Payne, has achieved Language Lead accreditation.

Children in the Early Years are involved in a wealth of activities which encourage speaking and listening both through their everyday activities and through planned sessions such as ‘Listening and Attention Groups’ and ‘Talking Tables’.

Our phonics teaching in Foundation 1 also focuses heavily on careful listening and developing knowledge of sounds. This Phase 1 of phonics prepares children for reading and writing which they begin in Phase 2.
We follow Letters and Sounds for our phonics teaching. You can read more here.

Letters and Sounds

Phonics is taught everyday to children in F1 to Year 2. It is a focused 20 minute session at the start of the day delivered by teachers and teaching assistants.

This document provides a brief summary of the different phases and explains which sounds (phonemes) and words the children will learn in each phase.

At the end of Year 1, the government requires children to complete a phonics screening check. Any children who do not pass the check in Year 1 will complete this again at the end of Year 2. This is not a test, they work with an adult they know well to read a mixture of real and nonsense words using their phonics skills.

Summary of Phonics Phases PDF
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Since July 2013, children in Year 6 have been tested on their Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) skills as part of the end of Key Stage 2 SATs.

During the summer term, children in Year 2 will also be tested on these skills as part of their end of Key Stage 1 assessments.

Homework in upper school each week includes work on spellings and spelling rules which are taken from the National Curriculum.

SPaG skills are taught in all year groups through their ongoing literacy sequences. This work complements the phonics work the children focus on each day in Early Years and Key Stage 1.
Rainbow Grammar
In September 2015 we started to use Rainbow Grammar to help to make the teaching of grammar both explicit and embedded into all literacy teaching. This colourful system helps us to remember and develop different parts of a sentence in line with the National Curriculum. Mrs Maloney has produced the following leaflet to tell you more.

Rainbow Grammar
Good writers read widely. They take ideas from their reading and learn about text and sentence structure, punctuation and use of powerful language. Because of this, our literacy teaching follows a sequence that links reading and writing very closely. You can find a copy of our literacy sequence here.

Literacy Sequence Flowchart