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Literacy Curriculum

The National Curriculum:


The National Curriculum for English (2014) aims to  promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding 
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information 
  • acquire a wide vocabulary,
  • an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage 
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences 
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas 
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate. 


Leadership of Phonics at Grove Primary School.
Accountable: Mrs Kelly Hough and Miss Beth Jones

Responsible: Mrs Danielle Gillings


The teaching of phonics begins in the Early Years Foundation Stage and is guided by 'Jolly Phonics' and ‘Letters and Sounds’. Pupils are gradually introduced to initial sounds through modelling, repetition and playing games involving the sounds that are being focused upon. Carefully planned activities are set up to consolidate phonic learning. Once children reach Year One, phonics is taught in phases with the pupils being split into smaller groups to ensure each child’s needs are met. Pupils across Year One and Two participate in daily sessions, which allows for rigorous coverage of Phase Three to Phase Six phonics. At the end of Year One each child’s phonic knowledge is tested in a phonics screening test carried out on a one to one basis with the class teacher.



Leadership of Reading at Grove Primary School.

Accountable: Mrs Kelly Hough and Mrs Lauraine Barnes

Responsible: Miss Beth Jones, Mr Andrew Rough, Mrs Danielle Gillings


Our Five Pillars of Reading 


Our Five Pillars of Reading embody the integral elements of our reading principles at Grove.  The strand along the top is our DERIC strand... Decode, Explain, Retrieve, Interpret and Choice. Our Reading curriculum is built around these key skills which are taught in our Reading lessons. 


Our Reading Intent

As readers we:

  • Have a love of reading
  • Know the skills needed to be a competent reader
  • Are exposed to a range of texts in order to not only reflect the pupils' lives but to also open windows to a range of diverse literary experiences 
  • Understand fluency, including expression, volume, smoothness and pace 
  • Read aloud and listen to texts being read aloud daily 
  • Look for reading opportunities everywhere, not just in books
  • Are explicit about the reason for reading
  • Talk about and ask questions about their reading
  • Learn and discuss new vocabulary 
  • Listen to recommendations and recommend books to our peers 



Our Reading Phase Expectations

Click on the link below for our parent's leaflet about Reading at Grove...


Leadership of Writing at Grove Primary School.

Accountable: Mrs Kelly Hough and Mrs Lauraine Barnes

Responsible: Miss Beth Jones, Mr Andrew Rough


At Grove, we love writing! Through carefully planned English units, our children develop into thoughtful readers and creative writers. Each unit starts with a hook to engage and excite the pupils. We tailor our planning carefully to suit the needs of the children and they will be taught a range of grammar, sentence structure, word/vocabulary building and spelling skills and how to apply this to their writing. During the year, the children will have the opportunity to study high-quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry units. 

Speaking and Listening

Leadership of Speaking and Listening at Grove Primary School.

Accountable: Mrs Kelly Hough 

Responsible: Mrs Lauraine Barnes


The National Curriculum for English reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. Spoken language underpins the development for reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary, grammar and their understanding for reading and writing.