- Pupils develop a love of reading through: listening to adults reading books out loud; independently reading books they have chosen; reading out loud with good intonation.
- Phonics is effectively taught in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and pupils confidently apply their phonics skills to early reading. Where children are not effectively applying phonics knowledge additional support is offered to pupils in all year groups.
- Pupils read widely including: fiction; non-fiction; poetry texts.
- Children read for a variety of purposes: reading for pleasure; undertaking research; in everyday situations (eg following written instructions).
- Pupils develop a deep understanding of the text through a clear understanding of the eight reading domains (five domains in Key Stage 1).
- Pupils will develop specific writing skills which are then applied in independent writing tasks (see Writing – Sequence of Teaching Skills in writing).
- Pupils will enjoy the writing process and see themselves as effective writers who engage their reader by making use of: a range of sentence types; effective punctuation; excellent vocabulary
- Pupils will make effective use of writing strategies such as: cohesion; expanded noun phrases; dialogue to convey character; formality, to write at greater depth (see Writing at Greater Depth abridged)
- Pupils will be able to write quickly and neatly because they have a fluent handwriting technique.
- Pupils will make effective use of editing and proof reading to improve the impact of their writing.