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Language plays a fundamental role in the growth of our identity and self-image. It is at the heart of each individual’s humanity; through it each individual expresses himself/herself. Through language we label and mark the surrounding world, we communicate and we are creative.
In St Margaret Clitherow School language is taught primarily in the Literacy hour with additional time for other activities such as extended writing, handwriting and drama. Literacy unites the important skills of reading and writing. It also involves speaking and listening. Good oral work enhances pupils’ understanding of language in both oral and written forms and of the way language can be used to communicate. It is also an important part of the process through which pupils read and compose texts.
Literate primary pupils should:
  • Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding;
  • Be able to orchestrate a full range of reading cues (phonic, graphic, syntactic, contextual) to monitor their reading and correct their own mistakes;
  • Understand the sound and spelling system and use this to read and spell accurately;
  • Have fluent and legible handwriting;
  • Have an interest in words and their meanings and a growing vocabulary;
  • Know, understand and be able to write in a range of genres in fiction and poetry, and understand and be familiar with some ways in which narratives are structured through basic literary ideas of setting, character and plot;
  • Understand, use and be able to write a range of non-fiction texts;
  • Plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing;
  • Have a suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their reading and writing;
  • Be interested in books, read with enjoyment and evaluate and justify their preferences;
  • Through reading and writing, develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
Parental involvement in their children's learning is encouraged and welcomes particularly in hearing children read regularly at home.


How we teach phonics at St Margaret Clitherow School

At St Margaret Clitherow School we teach phonics using Letters and Sounds. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
There are six overlapping phases which are taught from Nursery through to Year 2. For more detailed information, visit the Letters and Sounds  website as well as our Home Learning section. We use various resources to reinforce these sounds such as Bug Club, Jolly Phonics, Espresso.


Click here for an overview of Literacy themes for 2019-2020