Literacy

At Shaftesbury Park School, we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our literacy lessons, as recommended by the National Literacy Strategy and the revised National Curriculum. There is a strong focus on setting lessons in a relevant context for the children so that their writing is purposeful.

We believe that the study of English develops children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. The children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. We encourage the children to use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations and finally encourage children to develop spelling strategies and give weekly spelling practise and tests to years 1 to 6.

Click the links below to view our Literacy policies

Reading policy

Writing policy

End of key stage 1 statutory assessment – Working towards the expected standard

The pupil can write sentences that are sequenced to form a short narrative, after discussion with the teacher:

  • demarcating some sentences with capital letters and full stops
  • segmenting spoken words into phonemes and representing these by graphemes, spelling some correctly
  • spelling some common exception words
  • forming lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place
  • forming lower-case letters of the correct size relative to one another in some of the writing
  • using spacing between words.

End of key stage 1 statutory assessment – Working at greater depth within the expected standard

The pupil can write for different purposes, after discussion with the teacher:

  • using the full range of
  • punctuation taught at key stage 1 mostly correctly including:
  • commas to separate items in a list
  • apostrophes to mark singular possession in nouns
  • spelling most common exception words
  • spelling most words with contracted forms
  • adding suffixes to spell most words correctly in their writing, e.g. –ment, –ness, –ful, –less, –ly
  • using the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters in most of their writing.

End of key stage 2 statutory assessment – Working towards the expected standard

The pupil can write for a range of purposes and audiences:

  • using paragraphs to organise ideas
  • describing settings and characters
  • using some cohesive devices within and across sentences and paragraphs
  • using different verb forms mostly accurately
  • using co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions
  • using mostly correctly capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, commas for lists, apostrophes for contraction
  • spelling most words correctly (year 3 and 4)
  • spelling some words correctly (year 5 and 6)
  • producing legible joined handwriting

End of key stage 2 statutory assessment – Working at greater depth within the expected standard

The pupil can write for a range of purposes and audiences:

  • managing shifts between levels of formality through selecting vocabulary precisely and by manipulating grammatical structures
  • selecting verb forms for meaning and effect
  • using the full range of punctuation taught at key stage 2 mostly correctly, including semi-colons to mark the boundary between independent clauses, colons to mark the boundary between independent clauses

Key Texts

Each year group has a selection of key texts that they will focus on throughout the year. Click on the link below to view the books your child will explore.

Overview of key texts for each year group