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Literacy – the key to learning

English has a pre-eminent place in education and society. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

                                                                  Department for Education September 2013

At Keyham Barton we strive for each child to become a ‘Primary Literate Pupil’ so that all pupils will:

  • write with confidence, and accuracy for a range of purposes, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct
  •  have an interest in books and read for both enjoyment and information
  • read easily, fluently and with comprehension
  • have an interest in vocabulary, word origins and their meanings, developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms. (including technical words)
  • be confident in using and applying appropriate grammar, spelling and linguistic conventions
  • speak and listen with confidence in a range of situations and be able to elaborate and explain ideas clearly


Our programmes of Study are from the National Curriculum for English.  They include spoken language, writing and reading.  All lessons require children to be able to use and apply skills from these areas effectively. We use a variety of resources from publishers, either adapting them or producing our own activities to help deliver the curriculum effectively.

Literacy is taught daily in discrete lessons and also in a cross-curricular approach when appropriate. 

Phonics is taught daily in Foundation Stage and KS1 using Read Write Inc. We are very proud of our approach to teaching children not only to read but to develop a real love of books. Every day at Keyham Barton each child has the opportunity to read with an adult until they reach fluency. We use a variety of reading schemes in order to provide a wide range of text types and genres; these include Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Rigby Star and Rigby Rockets, Nelson PM Stories and a whole range of supporting material to extend and consolidate our reading skills.

All lessons are differentiated to meet the individual needs of each child.  There are opportunities for whole class teaching, group work, paired work and individual work.  Teaching assistants support in these activities, feeding back to teachers to inform ‘next steps’.

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all”.                         


Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis