A child’s ability to communicate is vital to all aspects of their learning.

At Sound & District Primary School, Literacy is at the centre of our curriculum. We aim to provide children with rich and varied opportunities to read, write, speak, listen and perform with confidence and enjoyment to the best of their ability. These skills are extended through a range of activities in Literacy and across other subjects in the curriculum.


Speaking & Listening


Reception & Key stage 1 - pupils learn to speak clearly, thinking about the needs of their listeners. They work in small groups and as a class, joining in discussions and making relevant points. They also learn how to listen carefully to what other people are saying, so that they can remember the main points. They learn to use language in imaginative ways and express their ideas and feelings when working in role and in drama activities.

Key stage 2 - pupils learn how to speak in a range of contexts, adapting what they say and how they say it to the purpose and the audience. Taking varied roles in groups gives them opportunities to contribute to situations with different demands. They also learn to respond appropriately to others, thinking about what has been said and the language used.




Reception & Key Stage 1 - pupils' interest and pleasure in reading is developed as they learn to read confidently and independently. They focus on words and sentences and how they fit into whole texts. They work out the meaning of straightforward texts and say why they like them or do not like them.

Key stage 2 - pupils read enthusiastically a range of materials and use their knowledge of words, sentences and texts to understand and respond to the meaning. They increase their ability to read challenging and lengthy texts independently. They reflect on the meaning of texts, analysing and discussing them with others. Pupils learn to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them. They explore the use of language in literacy and non-literacy texts ad learn how language works.




Phonics is taught daily in Reception, Year One and Year Two. Phonics is a way of teaching children to read skilfully and quickly, and is taught alongside other reading strategies such as individual reading times as well as guided and shared reading. We aim to continually reinforce phonics learning where possible throughout the entire curriculum.

We follow the Letters and Sounds programme and introduce new sounds using interactive approaches such as Jolly Phonics.

There are lots of useful websites that can be used to support the teaching and learning of phonics.




Reception & Key stage 1 - pupils start to enjoy writing and see the value of it. They learn to communicate meaning in narrative and non-fiction texts and spell and punctuate correctly.

Key stage 2 - pupils develop understanding that writing is both essential to thinking and learning, and enjoyable in its own right. They learn the main rules and conventions of written English and start to explore how the English language can be used to express meaning in different ways. They use the planning, drafting and editing process to improve their work and to sustain their fiction and non-fiction writing.

How can parents help?
Encourage your children to read.
Encourage your children to develop their vocabulary and talk about their experiences.
Encourage your children to spot WOW words and perhaps write them down in a book at home or on a piece of paper.
Encourage your children to borrow words or phrases which they like from books, magazines or television programmes.
Encourage your children to write.

The following websites are recommended to support your child’s learning in Literacy: