At Rook’s Nest, we aim to provide children with access to an integral programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing to foster a love of language, a curiosity about how language works and to develop excellence in all areas. We aim for all children by the age of 11 to be able to

  • communicate effectively within a range of groups in both formal and informal contexts;
  • develop key skills in all areas of language including speech;
  • listen carefully with good concentration and be able to respond thoughtfully and appropriately
  • read a range of fiction, poetry and non-fiction texts with confidence, independence, fluency,
  • enjoy and understand texts to enable them to develop preferences and make informed choices about reading;
  • write to a high standard in a variety of styles and forms showing an awareness of audience and purpose;
  • write with fluent, legible joined handwriting and take pride in the presentation of all their work;
  • use and transfer the skills that they are learning, in order to read and write competently throughout the range of subjects taught in school.

At Rook’s Nest, we will ensure that all children receive quality literacy teaching on a daily basis. All children are given equal access to the English curriculum. We will strive to provide a range of texts and activities which are purposeful and cross curricular, reflecting different beliefs and cultures. Activities and learning targets will be carefully planned and delivered to take account of individual abilities, needs and learning styles with the aim that most children will achieve at least age related expectations.

At Rook’s Nest Academy, we use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds scheme.  This is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. It is based on the original Letters and Sounds, but has been extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum preparing pupils to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check.

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