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Literacy is given a high profile throughout the school, with teachers in both Key Stages following the guidelines set out in the National Curriculum and National Literacy Strategy. These frameworks provide the basis for teaching the key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Reading is taught through guided reading sessions and parents are strongly encouraged to hear their children read at home to consolidate skills taught in school.

Phonics is taught in KS1 using letters and sounds and this gives the children a strong foundation for reading and spelling. A programme of support for spelling is used in KS2 to develop spelling and reading strategies.

Writing skills are taught and opportunities for real experiences through visits and cross curricular links are used to encourage independence and enjoyment