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Featherstone Primary School

Featherstone Primary School

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The work is planned from the National Literacy Strategy to develop skills in English which will enable children to communicate effectively through the spoken and written word. Pupils' abilities are developed within an integrated programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Daily reading activities are planned for each class to develop reading skills, so that children can become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers.


In Key stage 1, Children receive at least 4 guided reading session a week.  Guided reading takes place with a group of children, of similar ability.  During a guided reading session the children read and respond to a teacher selected text from our reading scheme.  Texts of graded difficulty are carefully chosen and matched to the reading ability of the group. It is intended that guided reading provides a forum for children to demonstrate what they have learned about reading and to further develop and extend their reading and comprehension skills. A balance of adult led and independent sessions are provided.

In Key Stage 2, children receive at least 3 whole class reading sessions per week. These sessions provide opportunities for children to develop their independent reading skills, inference skills and comprehension skills. Each week children will complete a ‘Reading in Class’ session where children apply their inference skills to new contexts such as images, video clips and advertisements.

Teachers are responsible for ensuring that children are regularly taking home books appropriate to their reading level and to communicate effectively with parents the children’s progress through the use of the reading record books. 


At Featherstone Primary School, cursive handwriting style is taught from Reception. The aim is to ensure all children are joining their letters by the end of Year 2. This is then consolidated throughout Key Stage 2. 


Phonics and Spelling

Key Stage 1

At Featherstone Primary School, we teach the early skills of reading and writing through phonics. We currently use a scheme called Letters and Sounds.  This is a focused teaching strategy that teaches children how the alphabet and combined letter sounds work to enable us to read and write. Letters and Sounds is taught as a discrete 20 minutes session each day. These sessions combine practical game activities with reading and writing skills to enthuse young learners.

Children in Year 2 who have a good grasp of phonics will move on to spelling sessions.

Key Stage 2

Daily spelling session takes place in Key Stage 2.  These sessions teach the spelling objectives prescribed for each year group. The focus of these sessions is to review, teach, practice and apply taught spelling patterns in a fun and creative way to apply these in their writing.