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St Nicolas' Church of England Infant School

Living life in all its fullness

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St Nicolas' Church of England Infant School

Living life in all its fullness


Intent - Our vision

We consider that the development of reading skills is of the utmost importance both in itself and as a means of accessing other curriculum areas.


Our aims in teaching Literacy are that all children will:

  • Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding;
  • Understand the sound and spelling system and use this to read and spell accurately;
  • Have fluent and legible handwriting;
  • Understand and be able to write in a range of non-fiction texts and a wide range of genres in fiction and poetry;
  • Plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing;
  • Have an interest in words and a growing vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their reading and writing;
  • Be interested in books, read with real enjoyment
  • Develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness;
  • Become confident, articulate speakers and discerning listeners.


Implementation - How we deliver this to achieve our goal

Literacy is taught explicitly and through a range of cross-curricular experiences. Children are given the opportunity to practise, apply and embed the skills they have learnt through practical and purposeful activities across the curriculum.


Emphasis is placed on confidence and depth of understanding, which means ensuring children have mastered the fundamental skills and are confident and secure enough to apply them in different contexts as well as using rich, inspiring resources and texts to stretch, challenge, deepen and enhance the learning experience and love of reading and writing.


We use Little Wandle as our teaching scheme, but supplement this with many other learning experiences and resources to ensure that children's reading and writing progress is thoroughly embedded.


Impact - How we know our vision has come to fruition

Our children are ready for the next stage of their educational journey through:

  • An enjoyment of the subject and learning with confidence and a sense of achievement
  • Acquiring a high standard of proficiency including confidence to read and write a wide range of text types, both fiction and non-fiction.
  • Understanding that reading, writing and spoken language is useful in all aspects of life and can be used to make sense of the real world as well as transport us to distant or imaginary lands.



Useful Information:

Literacy Songs:

BBC Super Movers Alphabet Song and Dance

Phonics Song 2

A phonics song with a picture for each letter. This version uses the name ZED for the letter Z. This is designed to help children learn the sounds of the letters in the English alphabet. This song was written and performed by A.J. Jenkins. Video by KidsTV123.

Long Vowels Song - "ai/a-e/ay - ee/ea - ie/igh/i-e/y - oa/o-e/ow - ue/u-e/ew"

A colourful, animated music video to learn how to pronounce the "ai/a-e/ay - ee/ea - ie/igh/i-e/y - oa/o-e/ow - ue/u-e/ew" sounds. Copyright©English4abc 2019

Phonics Digraph Song A phase 3 digraph video to help children learn the following digraphs: ch, sh, ai, th, ee, ng, igh

Online Stories:

CBeebies Bedtime Stories: Rob Burrows reads Tilda Tries Again

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Tilda's world is just as she likes it - until, one day, it turns completely upside down!

The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters

The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. #readaloud #StorytimeAnytime

Ant and Grasshopper - Fable by SHAPES - from Aesop's Fables

A Playlist of Fables from Around the World