Writing is taught using a stepped approach that starts with Talk for Writing in the early years and builds to an integrated writing programme devised by the school. This is linked to the theme and children are taught grammar and punctuation within the context of a text type – providing the real experience children need to link the formal learning with the creative process of writing. Teachers use high quality modelling to enable the children to understand the thought process that goes into make the necessary authorial choices when writing. Children are taught how to edit and improve their written work using success criteria, structure strips and editing partners.
Reading is taught using the Read, Write Inc and the school’s own Power Reading Programme. Both of these structured approaches enable to children to build reading skills and apply in different contexts. Home reading is an essential part of learning to read and children are expected to read at home 5 times over the 7 day week. Children have opportunities to practise reading in school if they are unable to do so at home. Spelling is taught using Read Write Inc initially then using the Nelson Spelling Programme and Spelling Frame as the children leave RWInc and move into KS2.