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At Fairfield, we believe that speaking, listening, reading and writing skills are essential to attainment both in school and throughout life. We teach literacy skills through a well-planned curriculum, using a carefully selected range of high quality children’s literature to support the following curriculum targets:

English Curriculum Years 1-6 Statutory Requirements (Word Doc)

Curriculum Programme of Study: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study



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Speaking and Listening

We feel that speaking and listening skills are the foundation of all subsequent reading and writing and that in order to succeed as readers and writers, children need to first cultivate a love of words and language. They need to develop bank of stories, which they can draw on for inspirational language and ideas, and develop oral story telling skills prior to reading and writing skills. Therefore, developing talk and a language rich learning environment is a priority at Fairfield.


Helpful information and advice:

BBC Bitesize Speaking, Listening and Thinking Games and Activities https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zpbbkqt



Children at Fairfield are taught reading skills through a program of synthetic phonics (Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds), work to memorise key words, and access to a wide variety of books to develop an interest in stories. Once they begin to develop and build on their reading skills, children are taught individually, in small groups (supported reading and guided reading) and as a class to develop their reading further.

From Reception up to Year 6, our children in Fairfield are encouraged to develop an enjoyment and love of reading and books. We firmly believe that nurturing a love of reading (see ‘Love of Reading’ section) can make a difference to our children’s future attainment.


Home Reading

We acknowledge that if children read and are read to at home, they are more likely to be successful learners at school. We encourage children and parents to regularly read together and we welcome feedback about your child’s reading experiences at home.

In order to further encourage the children to read both at home and at school, we use Accelerated Reader – an online resource to track and monitor the children’s attainment and achievement in reading. The program challenges the children to complete comprehension and vocabulary activities related to books they have read (either from home or given to them by the teacher). They then earn points and rewards based on effort and progress (regardless of ability), attainment and number or words read (Reading Millionaire Award).

Helpful information and advice:

Band 1-6 (Year 1-6) Targets PDFs - Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6

A guide to helping your child to read (Word Doc.)

Oxford Owl website with games, activities and tips to help your child at home https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

Reading Diary Parents Letter (Word Doc)

Accelerated Reader information booklet and log in details (Word Doc)

Accelerated Reader website www.ukhosted59.renlearn.co.uk/2234139/

Tips for reading for children of all ages: This site has lots of fun, downloadable activities for your children to help them with reading www.wordsforlife.literacytrust.org.uk

This is a great website, with tips for helping reluctant readers of all ages: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/


This website gives links to libraries and activities near your home:



EYFS, key stage 1 and lower key stage 2 (where necessary) follow the Letters and Sounds documentation for phonics. This involves teaching a daily four-part lesson with the children learning their phonics in 'phases' outside of the English hour. The foundation stage follows Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds. Both schemes adopt the synthetic approach to teaching phonics, as advocated by the Rose report.


All children are taught using a multi-sensory learning approach, incorporating auditory, kinaesthetic and visual learning styles to develop the children’s understanding and knowledge of sound-symbol phonics.

Helpful information and advice:

Jolly Phonics sounds and actions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fScUJd9wSd0

Jolly Phonics Songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeSR9gR0z_U

BBC Bitesize Phonics Games http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/phonics/play/

Letters and Sounds Government Document https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/190599/Letters_and_Sounds_-_DFES-00281-2007.pdf

Free Letters and Sounds Games and Resources to print/ use online http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/what-is-letters-and-sounds-.html



At Fairfield we acknowledge the crucial link between confident, cohesive speaking and skillful writing. We also know that children will be motivated to write if the purpose of writing is clear. We build on our children’s interests indoor and outdoors to inspire them to write.

Writing for a purpose and for an audience gives children the opportunity to show how they can write independently and apply their skills. The children enjoyed the Mystery of the missing mouse from the Gruffalo story and the mystery of the messy classroom. They hunted for clues, collected evidence and drew some fantastic imaginative conclusions when writing about their experiences.





Helpful information and advice:

14 Easy tips to help your child improve their writing https://www.oxfordlearning.com/improve-kids-writing-skills/

BBC Bitesize Writing Games http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/


Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPaG)

Spelling sessions are taught discreetly each week, as well as additional shorter sessions incorporated into English lessons. Each class has displays and an English working wall to support children with their spelling. Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar are taught explicitly through SPAG lessons on a weekly basis as well as discretely during English lessons.

Helpful information and advice:

Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation curriculum (years 1-6): https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335190/English_Appendix_2_-_Vocabulary_grammar_and_punctuation.pdf

Spelling national curriculum (years 1-6): https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239784/English_Appendix_1_-_Spelling.pdf

  • Key stage 1 grammar and punctuation sample papers: 

Paper 1 - Spelling


Paper 2 – Questions


How the papers are marked:


Key stage 2 grammar and punctuation sample papers:

Paper 1 - Questions


            Paper 2 – Spelling


How the papers are marked:



Cursive Handwriting

At Fairfield, all children are introduced to Cursive Handwriting as they progress through their learning journey. We believe that this raises standards, which has made a really positive impact throughout the whole school, developing confidence, accuracy and fluency and improved presentation.

All letters start on the line with a lead-in stroke called a ‘whoosh’ and this handwriting style is taught from Reception right through the school.

Our aim is that the children will be able to write clearly, fluently and quickly so that they can cope with the everyday demands of life and school.

The use of Cursive Style helps:

  • To minimise misunderstanding of a letter’s starting point as every letter starts on the line with a ‘whoosh’ (an entry stroke) and leads out with an ‘off’ (exit stroke).
  • To enable the flow of Cursive Writing as letters naturally flow into each other; it is impossible to write separate letters without joining.
  • To form spacing between words as the child develops whole word awareness.
  • To develop a child’s visual memory, aiding their spelling skills.


Helpful information and advice:

Handwriting policy with useful pictures and examples (Word Doc)

Letter-join website address:


Letter-Join log in details – parents letter (Word Doc)