Literacy Policy

Thompson Primary School Literacy Policy

At Thompson Primary School we believe it is essential for children to have good literacy skills.

We want to cultivate an enjoyment of reading and writing so that our pupils become

independent readers and writers. We want our pupils to be able to communicate effectively and have the life chances they deserve.


We want pupils at Thompson to be able to:

• Read with confidence, fluency and expression.

• Develop their responses, both personal and critical, and enable them to evaluate and

appreciate wider meanings within different texts.

• Write in a range of genres using suitable vocabulary and punctuation.

• develop their powers of imagination and critical awareness through reading

and writing.

• Express themselves clearly, fluently and confidently.

• Use ICT to support and develop Literacy skills.

Speaking and listening

• Rules for Speaking and Listening are displayed in each classroom.

• Pupils will be taught to understand the importance of speaking and listening skills

across the curriculum.

• Activities taught will encourage pupils to speak clearly, confidently, fluently and

appropriately for a variety of different purposes.

• Strategies such as talk partners, drama and hot seating will be used to help develop speaking

and listening skills.


• We use a systematic approach for teaching phonics from Foundation Stage to KS1 and in

KS2 where necessary.

• Staff read with the pupils on an individual, group and class basis. A banded reading

scheme, consisting of a mix of reading scheme and ‘real’ books is introduced in Year 1 and reading records are signed when the pupil has read. Sets of guided reading texts are used within each class.

• Pupils should read daily at home (see Homework Policy).

• We encourage reading (especially during Book Week) and help the pupils to develop an interest in books by reading and discussing a range of different text types across the Key Stages.

• We will provide the pupils with access to a wide range of literature and the opportunity

to read for a variety of purposes including ICT based texts.

• We will encourage the pupils to develop personal responses to the texts.


• The pupils will be taught to write in a variety of styles for different purposes and


• Pupils will be encouraged to develop their vocabulary and write imaginatively.

• Pupils will be taught punctuation and grammar as part of the daily Literacy lesson.

• Pupils will have weekly spellings that follow the New National Curriculum.

• Pupils will develop a joined, fluent and legible handwriting style with the basis formed from the Foundation Stage.

• ICT based activities and tasks will be used to support pupil’s learning in writing.


• Phonics sessions are run in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

. Foundation stage follow the Jolly Phonics program, KS1 use the Hamilton Trust Code Beakers and dip into BBC Words and Pictures and other schemes where necessary.

• Two to three sounds a week are taught depending on what phase the pupils are on.

• Phonics activities encourage pupils to say the sound, listen for the sound and write the


• In Foundation class, when 6 sounds have been achieved, the letters, words and pictures are sent home for the parents to use with the children.

• Phonics is taught in other KS2 classes where necessary.


• KS2 classes have a Grammar for Writing lesson every Friday.


• Lessons are planned using the new Primary Framework across Key Stages 1 and 2. Foundation stage use EYFS linked to the early learning goals. Teachers adapt plans creatively from various different schemes and also use inspiration from the children to suit their needs.

• Teachers ensure that a variety of genres are taught within each term.

• Within each unit, spelling, punctuation and grammar needs to be explicitly planned for.

• Weekly plans need to include clear differentiation (see Equal Opportunities Policy and

Teaching and Learning Policy).

Structure of lessons

• There will be a daily Literacy lesson. In addition to this, discrete phonics teaching

sessions will take place in Foundation and KS1 (this will take place in KS2 where


• Drama for Writing is taught on the same day once a week throughout the whole school to allow children to move to different classes where appropriate.

• We will use a variety of teaching and learning styles (see Teaching and Learning Policy).


• ELS, Catch-up, Nessy and Talking Partners are run in Key Stage 1.

• Catch-up, Sir Kits Quest and Sound Discovery are run in Key Stage 2.

Assessment and Reporting

• Literacy will be assessed regularly using the new stages from Classroom Monitor for the New Curriculum (see Assessment Policy).

• Each half term the whole school take part in an agreed genre for the ‘Big Write’ which is assessed using the new stages and moderated throughout the school.

• Parents will be informed of their child’s progress at parent/teacher consultation

evenings, through Classroom Monitor snapshots and in the end of year report.


• The Literacy Subject Leader will monitor planning, assessments, work books, conduct lesson observations and pupil interviews.

• The policy will be reviewed every three years.

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