At Hartley Primary Academy it is our belief that all teachers are teachers of literacy. We are committed to developing the literacy skills of all our pupils, through a consistent approach to teaching and learning, in the belief that it will support their progress as independent learners and raise standards across the curriculum. In doing so, not only are we helping all pupils to access the curriculum but we are also equipping them with the communication skills that are essential for life. We believe that good literacy skills are fundamental to effective learning.

Children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of whole texts and extracts from a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry genres. They have access to a range of resources such as dictionaries, thesauruses and individual whiteboards to support their work. Children use ICT in literacy lessons where it enhances their learning. ICT links include drafting and editing work, using camcorders and cameras to record drama work and using iPads to carry out research.

Children take part in daily reading activities, as well as regular spelling, punctuation and grammar practice.  In Key Stage 2, pupils are expected to read 5 times a week at home. Wherever possible we encourage children to use and apply their learning in other areas of the curriculum.

Mrs Smith and Miss Chawner

English Coordinators

Phonics and reading schemes 

Click here to find out more about the phonics and reading schemes we are using at Hartley Primary Academy.

Introduction of Literacy Planet – Information for Parents

Department of Education – English programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2

Reading Lists

Click on the link below to download the latest ‘Reading Lists’ for children in Key Stage 1, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6:

Have a look at these reading ‘roads’ which offer a route of progression within genres. The simplistic idea is that the top of the road is suitable for KS1 all the way down to the bottom which is suitable for KS3.

Don’t forget to explain to your children that on roads you can always reverse if you  want to! A good book is a good book, no matter what age it’s aimed at.