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Curriculum Statement: Literacy - New Brighton Primary School

Curriculum Statement: Literacy

On this page is the Curriculum Statement for Literacy.

Together we will:

  • Work in partnership with families and the wider community to achieve the highest standards of learning and behaviour.
  • Develop and maintain an ethos of mutual respect and promote self-esteem, responsibility, independence and confidence whilst recognising individual strengths.
  • Promote positive attitudes and understanding of healthy lifestyles and physical activity.
  • Provide a learning environment which enables children to become happy, secure and resilient.
  • Build on the positive relationships with home and the wider school, national and global communities to promote respect and inclusion for all.
  • Prepare all children for the challenges ahead, embracing technology and promoting a life-long love of learning.

In line with our mission statement, we aim to instil a lifelong love of literacy in all of our children and ensure that they give their best, achieving success in this subject. From the moment children join our school, they will engage with literacy teaching that has been structured around the current National Curriculum and around the Early Learning Goals in Foundation Stage. 

Our pupils begin to develop their reading and writing skills in our Foundation Stage classes. Soon after they start in Foundation 2, the children begin daily phonics sessions, in line with Letters and Sounds. As they develop their phonic knowledge they are given ample opportunities, both during adult-led activities and within continuous provision, to practise and consolidate their skills. Assessments completed at the end of each phonic phase in F2 are then passed on to KS1 staff so that the children’s phonics journeys can continue.

We have worked hard to use a wide range of exciting and engaging materials to support and enthuse children in their learning.

One of our aims is to foster a love of reading across the school, not only to improve comprehension skills but to also celebrate reading for pleasure.

Every class in our school dedicates time to read for pleasure which we believe is important to develop a love of reading and to also improve their skills in other areas of the literacy curriculum.

All children in our school have access to the school library, which has a wide range of quality texts for all ages and abilities, as well as scheduled visits to the local library on the school mini bus. In New Brighton Primary School, all children are provided with purposeful writing opportunities which link to our carefully selected book spine. 

Our approach to writing involves immersing children in a rich variety of texts which they explore before beginning their own writing.

Children are provided with exciting writing opportunities across the curriculum which deepens their understanding of poetry, fiction and non-fiction genres. When pupils are writing independently, teachers set high expectations to ensure children reach their full potential. 

Spelling rules are taught explicitly and the children are tested weekly to ensure they meet the spelling expectations for their age. We also believe that children should be exposed to a wide range of ambitious vocabulary which they are encouraged to explore and include in their own writing.   

We believe that every child will leave New Brighton Primary equipped with the necessary skills in reading and writing in order to access the range of opportunities that they will be presented with as they make the transition to secondary education.

See our documents on 101 things a New Brighton Child will do in Foundation StageKey Stage OneLower Key Stage Two and Upper Key Stage Two.

You can also access our long-term Literacy planning here.

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