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Literacy Initiatives




Reading is one of the most important skills that we teach at Staplehurst, to provide a foundation on which they can develop their writing skills. We encourage children to develop a love of reading and we promote it in a variety of ways including  guided reading, book clubs, individual and paired reading within school. The teachers actively share their love of reading through reading assemblies and reading the class book at the end of each day. Each classroom has a selection of enrichment books within exciting book corners. We encourage children to visit the local libraries and book shops to develop their reading diet.


In addition we endorse home reading, sending home books from Early Years right through to year 6. We feel it is important for you to listen to your child read a variety of texts as well as you reading to them. Recently we have invited parents in to read their favourite books to the class.

Recommended Reading Lists

We hold a variety of book fairs throughout the year including ‘The travelling book company’, ‘Usborne Books’ and ‘Scholastic’. This March we completed a

‘Readathon’ to raise money for a children’s cancer charity, the children enjoyed reading their chosen list of books over book week and dressing up as their favourite book character.



At Staplehurst School phonics is carefully planned and assessed using the recommended Government programme, ‘Letters and Sounds’. Every child’s progress is tracked and monitored to ensure learning is focused and correctly matched to their needs. Phonics is taught through a multi- sensory approach providing your child fun effective learning strategies to help them read and spell.



Children begin mark making in Early Years using a variety of materials to develop their fine motor skills such as shaving foam, big chalks, chunky pens and paint.

In Years 1-6 children are taught writing skills five times a week through the creative curriculum topic.

Each half term the children work towards Big Write (Independent writing based around a literacy theme) using PALS:

P  – Purpose

A  – Audience

L  – Language

S  – Structure

Writing is marked with a star and a wish, children are then given time to make improvements at the start of each literacy lesson.



At Staplehurst School we teach the children to write using the cursive script. This begins in Early Years where the children develop their gross motor skills through mark making in shaving foam, corn flour, paint and using large chunky crayons or chalks. Children then naturally develop their fine motor skills and begin forming marks and then letters. In KS1and KS2 the children are encouraged to join the cursive script and weekly handwriting lessons develop and improve their letter formation.


More Literacy Websites

Here are few links which will provide further information about Literacy broken down into training years.