Miss McGonigle: Literacy Co-ordinator.

My role as Literacy Co-ordinator is to promote and monitor reading and writing in school.

The role requires me to monitor children’s learning:-

by talking to individuals about their work
sharing good practise with children, colleagues and parents
inspiring children to improve their literacy skills in a variety of ways

Children are made aware that their literacy skills are skills for life and can be life changing. They are encouraged to celebrate and embrace success whilst looking for next steps to further develop their competency.

The Literacy Curriculum

We are following the new National Curriculum 2014 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

Parents' Guide to the new National Curriculum  http://www.risingstars-uk.com/curriculumparentguide

 Curriculum Changes ppt   http://www.primarycurriculum.me.uk/support






Phonics-Letters and Sounds (Reception, Year 1 and intervention)
•Shared Reading (whole class reading)
•Guided Reading (small groups)
•Individual reading (with parents and additional support in school for those who need it)
•Reading for pleasure (individual reading of books of own choice)
•Reading across the curriculum/for a real purpose


•Phonics-Letters and Sounds(Reception, Year 1 and intervention)
•Shared/modelled Writing
•Guided Writing (in smaller groups)
•Individual writing
•Writing across the curriculum/for a real purpose
•Spelling, punctuation and Grammar are taught within the literacy lessons, through the use of text to exemplify the use of each concept.  Spelling is promoted through our annual spelling bee competition


Speaking and Listening is promoted at St Anne's throughout the curriculum.
•Talk partners.
•Think, Pair, Share.
•Reading aloud to the class or an audience.
•Drama activities
•Self and peer assessment.
•Debates and discussions within the class.
•Performing to the class.
Class assemblies and performances in all year groups.

Use of digital media to record and appraise performances

Foundation Stage (Reception)

•Daily phonics in small groups (Letters and Sounds)
•English whole class work based around a story
•Daily activities set up in Reading and Writing areas.
•Adult led small group activities
•Opportunities for writing in all areas especially within the role play area and outdoors.


Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

•Phonics lessons following the phases of Letters and Sounds.  Year 2 children then move on to spelling , grammar nd punctuation work, once their phonics is secure.
•Phonics screening test (usually in June). Year 1 pupils and those in year 2 who did not meet the required standard in year 1.
•weekly extended writing lessons in a range of curriculum areas.
•Guided reading
•Individual reading
•Reading, writing and communication across the curriculum and for a real purpose
•Discrete handwriting sessions.
•Preparation for End of Key Stage 1 Tasks and Tests for Reading and spelling, grammar and punctuation

Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)

•Daily English lessons including some specific grammar lesson
•Guided reading sessions
•Reading comprehension
•Separate spellings and handwriting sessions
•Reading, writing and communication across the curriculum and for a real purpose.
•End of Key stage SATs tests for Reading and SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). Writing is assessed by class teachers and moderated separately.

The writing curriculum covers a full range of genres:

•Narrative/Story writing
•Persuasive Writing
•Chronological and non-chronological reports
•Discussions texts
•Explanation texts

We do not use any individual schemes ( except Letters and Sounds phonics programme - http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/ ( free resources for parents and teachers and an explanation of the scheme) ) preferring to use a rich, diverse source of texts to engage the children.

Reading Progression

Writing Progression

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Contact the School

St Annes Catholic Primary School

Wellington Road

Main Contact: Mrs M Ashbrooke, School Business Manager

Tel: 01270 260783

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