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Literacy at Pinhoe

At Pinhoe Primary School, we aim to provide children with the literacy knowledge, skills and understanding that will help them make sense of the world around them as they grow and develop. We are following the New Curriculum for all year groups.



The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure pupils:


· read easily, fluently and with good understanding

· develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

· acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

· appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

· write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

· use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

· are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.



At Pinhoe Primary, teachers use a range of techniques to engage children in the literacy lesson.

In Early Years, children develop their literacy skills through the early learning goals.
Small guided groups in reading and phonics teach the children the early skills needed for reading, writing, speaking and listening, which are then built on through carefully planned independent activities where they are encouraged to discover and explore the different areas of literacy. They are given continuous access to reading books and the writing area offers ‘real life’ opportunities for children to practice and embed their writing skills.

Throughout the rest of the school, literacy teaching sequences are planned using a cross curricular quality text which supports the topic learning as well as developing vital literacy skills in reading, writing, spelling and grammar. Teaching is based around the sequence of immersion, practise writing and independent writing and the teacher will engage the whole class in shared reading or writing, focussing on specific skills to be developed. In addition to the Literacy lessons, teachers plan for pupils to practise and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired through literacy lessons to other areas of the curriculum.

Every half term, the children take part in a whole school Ready Steady Write day. The day starts with a whole school assembly where the children are given an exciting stimulus to act as a motivation for writing. Did you know that Pinhoe had a visit from some strange aliens? Or that the Easter Bunny visited and left a strange video message for the children? Writing from across the school is then celebrated through a whole school central display.


We aim to develop confident, fluent readers who enjoy a variety of literature and who can critically evaluate a range of text, both fiction and non-fiction. This is supported by our focused daily guided reading sessions where children are taught in small groups to develop their reading skills through word reading, summarising, questioning, clarifying, predicting and responding to what they are reading. Reading for pleasure is at the heart of our literacy curriculum and we promote this through visits to the school library, free reading sessions in class, book based literacy lessons and daily story time. This is further supported through Accelerated Reader, a home/ school reading programme. This is used to motivate children to read, as well as providing teachers with valuable assessment information which is transferred into teaching. Reading is further supported at home where children self-select books from school to continue enjoying with their families.

Speaking and Listening

The four strands of Speaking and Listening: Speaking; Listening; Group discussion and Interaction and Drama permeate the whole curriculum. Interactive teaching strategies are used to engage all pupils in order to raise reading and writing standards and ICT plays a crucial role in this. Children are encouraged to talk and listen for a range of purposes, across the curriculum. Through group and class activities children explain, explore and develop their talk repertoire for different purposes and audiences. Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life.


At Pinhoe Primary School, The Letters and Sounds programme is used for the teaching of phonics. Phonic teaching starts in Reception and has a systematic delivery and assessment programme that can be used through the Foundation Stage and KS1. It is a statutory requirement that towards the end of Year One, children take a phonic screening test, those who do not meet the 80% threshold in the test, will be required to take the test again in Year Two.

Spelling and Grammar

Spelling is an important focus at Pinhoe Primary and is carefully built on throughout each year group. Throughout Year 2, the children begin to make the shift from spelling phonetically to spelling accurately using specific strategies, spelling patterns and rules.
Using the No-Nonsense Spelling Programme, children encounter daily discreet spelling lessons which gradually build on their spelling knowledge to help them become competent spellers. The children have access to a range of resources in class to help support them, such as spelling bookmarks where they record spellings that are personal to them, jotters that encourage children to experiment with their spelling and speed sound charts that help make suitable spelling choices.

The aims for Literacy, as set out in the new National Curriculum are to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. These things are at the heart of our curriculum at Pinhoe.