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At Gillamoor CE school we make our literacy lessons exciting to ensure that our pupils are engaged and keen to make progress. Pupils in Years 1 - 6 follow the 2014 National Curriculum for Literacy. EYFS follow the Early learning goals. We do not use a published scheme of work, instead we use a range of resources to create bespoke lessons that target the individual needs of our pupils.

The children are given weekly spellings with a homework sheet that helps them with the definition of the word and gives them other useful information about word families and word structure.  A weekly spelling test is takes place most weeks.


Reading is really important at Gillamoor CE primary and children are encouraged to read at home with family members. This is then followed by guided reading and 1:1 reading with an adult in school


Spelling, punctuation and grammar – this follows the National Curriculum and teaching of this is incorporated into literacy lessons. High standards of SPAG are expected in all curriculum lessons, regardless of the subject.


Phonics starts from Reception (phase 2) and continues through the school until phase 6.

In the infant Class we use discrete phonic teaching as a starting point. Learning is linked to stories and texts wherever possible and ideas are formulated throughout the week using talk, reading and writing to improve the basic skills of all children. Our guided reading approach uses the best of many schemes.

Home readers are colour coded and draw from similar schemes and ORT primarily.

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