Through our teaching of Literacy, we intend to promote a love of literature through widespread reading of books which capture the imagination and interest of children and unlock the door to a world of information. Good literacy skills hold the key to all other subject areas. Mastering the spoken word and written language is crucial in allowing children to express themselves, communicate with others, live well together and develop imaginative and creative skills to cope with the challenges of our multicultural society. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.  Further, communication  and thinking skills  are nurtured and extended through philosophy sessions promoting respect and tolerance.

At Woodford Valley, we implement the National Curriculum but put our own creative touch and pedagogy to our delivery. We believe strongly in enriching The Literacy Curriculum with visits to theatres, inviting productions into school, using visitors such as authors, drama specialists (for example, the local Salisbury Playhouse) to deliver workshops which impact and enhance work children have been undertaking in school. We hold an annual Book Week which focuses on a particular book or genre.

We also believe in ensuring writing is purposeful and therefore writing is linked to our class text, history, geography and science topics as well as current affairs such as National elections. We ask children to present work in a variety ways such as presentations, speeches, debates, written narrative, argument and script writing. We currently have a School Radio Station which provides children with real writing opportunities.

Literacy Subject Lead

October 2021


Our intent:

  • To develop confident, independent readers and promote a love of all kinds of texts
  • To enable our children to speak clearly and audibly in a variety of contexts
  • To encourage our children to listen with concentration in order to be able to identify the main points of what they have heard
  • To help children see themselves as valued writers and enable them to develop the skills to master all types of genre, modelling different forms of writing regularly
  • To increase the children’s ability to use planning, drafting and editing to improve their work
  • To help children develop critical ability, so as to reflect and comment on their own work and sensitively appreciate the work of others
  • To teach children the skills of presentation, so that they can be proud of completed work
  • To develop skills of communication, including ICT and realise that these skills need to be taught and modelled
  • To develop strong links with home, so that the promotion of literacy skills is seen as a partnership
  • To help children understand the relevance of their developing skills and enrich their experience by inviting visitors and through live performances
  • To ensure that children appreciate that communication is not easy for all individuals

Click here to see the grammar glossary from the new English curriculum. This provides an explanation as to the function and meaning of all grammar used within school. 


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