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'The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is 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.'


At Althorpe and Keadby Primary School, reading is an integral part of the school curriculum.

In the Foundation Stage children have access to a wide range of high quality, multi-sensory reading resources. Through daily story times, rhymes and the continuous indoor and outdoor provision, children are immersed in a language rich environment. Children are encouraged to borrow books to share at home and 'chatter' packs. There are listening stations where children can hear stories and rhymes.

In Key Stage One reading is taught daily through shared, guided and individual activites. Once children have a secure knowledge of letter sounds and can use them to blend to read words, they are given a reading book to take home. Our reading scheme is made up of a range of publishers, including Oxford Reading Tree, Ginn, Usbourne and Collins Big Cat books. In addition to this, children take a library book home each week to read for pleasure. Each classroom is equipped with a cosy book corner, where children can read for pleasure.

In Key Stage Two, reading is taught mainly through whole class shared and small group guided activities. Children continue to take home reading books and library books and have access to a range of high quality books in the classroom. Guided and whole class reading sessions focus on the development of their reading comprehension skills.

To find out more about reading at Althorpe and Keadby, please click here.

Pupil voice: "I know strategies to help me spell words." July 2019

76% (147/194) strongly agree, 19% (137/194) agree



In the Foundation Stage children are encouraged to write through a range of activities including gross motor skills outdoors with ribbons, chalks and painting; fine motor skills indoors using small objects such as threading beads, puzzles and pencil control activities.  As children develop their pencil control, formal letter formation is introduced, leading into words and complete sentences. 

In our school writing is taught daily through English lessons.  Children are then given opportunities to apply these skills in other areas of the curriculum.  We follow the principles of 'Talk for Writing' where children are given the opportunity to verbalise their ideas before writing. 
'Children need to speak the text before they write it'.

Children write for a range of purposes, using a variety of genres, drafting, editing and re-drafting as they work. 
Alongside this children are taught age appropriate spelling, punctuation and grammar rules daily, which they then apply in their writing.


We follow the Penpals Handwriting Scheme. Children are taught basic letter formation in the Foundation Stage. In Key Stage One children begin to develop a fluent cursive script.


In the Foundation Stage children develop their listening skills through a range of activities including 'Letters and Sounds', puppets, musical instruments and learning rhymes etc. This helps them to discriminate between sounds whish is an essential skill
When children can hear different sounds, they are introduced to individual letters. We use the 'Jolly Phonics' actions to help children recognise letters and sounds. Children then learn to blend sounds together in order to read words.

In Key Stage One, children continue to learn letter sound patterns and relationships, following 'Letters and Sounds'. Through a daily mixture of multi-sensory activities, children learn to read and spell words.

At the beginning of Key Stage Two, phonics continue to be used to support reading and spelling.

National Poetry Day 2019

After enjoying Miss Jeannie's Speech and Drama Group perform some of their poems, classes enjoyed sharing poems they had written. Y3 wrote list poems about the Rainforest, using a range of expanded noun phrases, whilst Y4 wrote Kennings style poems. Y6 used a wide range of figurative language to describe mountains.

"Great event, the Walliams evening was brilliant. Loads of different activities, looking at all the different characters in David Walliams's books. To top it off, we could purchase a book from his collection - will really enjoy this with my daughter. Thank you."

"Fab evening. Lovely activities to suit all ages/preferences. Opportunnities to purchase books after interest has been sparked, was a great idea to encourage reading at home."

"Great evening had by all. Lovely activities, had fun with the children doing them. Bought some David Walliams books for the children to read. Great enthusuasm by all the staff encouraging the children to take part. Will definitely come again. Thank you."

"Fabulous evening, lots of activities for adults and children alike. Brilliant - will come again."

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