Parkgate Primary School

Opening the Gate to Success


Parkgate Primary School


At Parkgate Primary School we aspire for all children to have a love and understanding of English, to recognise that they are surrounded by, and use Literacy skills ideas, not just throughout the school day, but constantly in everyday life.

Our curriculum is designed to ensure that the children become fluent in the fundamentals of English – to be able to read and to write. 

This is achieved through daily lessons in key stages 1 and 2, the regular practice of key skills through our Guided Reading sessions throughout all key stages and the opportunity to further apply skills, knowledge and understanding through our integrated afternoons.

Confidence, resilience and a ‘can do’ attitude are nurtured through our teaching and learning strategies; where the use of models, images and language are at the heart of our approach.

Further support and curriculum guidance is available by year group.

Teaching of Phonics and Reading

At Parkgate Primary School we aim to develop a lifelong love of reading in our children.   We also aim to provide opportunities for pupils to establish good habits in reading, appreciate it as a subject in its own right and use skills taught to access the wider curriculum.  Children are taught using a variety of reading strategies including phonic skills, comprehension and word recognition. Children are encouraged to learn key words so that they can recognise a large number of words by sight which makes their reading more fluent. Systematic synthetic phonics teaching is based on Letters and Sounds and children progress through the phases to learn more complex phonics which is also linked to the teaching of spelling.  The development of these skills leads to the enjoyment of all kinds of books, the appreciation of different genres and the ability to access information independently.



Phonics is taught in a highly structured programme of daily lessons across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 using the resources from Floppy's Phonics which is published by Oxford Reading Tree. Each session gives an opportunity for children to revisit their previous experience, be taught new skills, practise together and apply what they have learned.  The spelling of high frequency and tricky words are taught alongside developing children's phonic knowlegde and skills.



Our main reading schemes are a range of books from Oxford Reading Tree and Project X. In addition we have a variety of other books which complement these schemes. Reading is taught thoroughout the school through planned Guided Reading sessions. These occur daily, outside the literacy session and are based on a rotation during the week within the class.  Children are supported with their reading by the class teacher and the teaching assistants and those children who are not in an adult directed group are given a purposeful reading activity to do independently.


Teaching of Writing

At Parkgate Primary School spoken language, reading and writing skills are taught explicitly each day and used and applied across the whole curriculum.


At Parkgate Primary School we use ‘Talk 4 Writing’ to plan and teach Literacy. This whole school approach to teaching and learning helps children to develop, use and apply their skills in spoken language, reading and writing. Throughout the whole school, children learn a wide range of quality stories, non-fiction texts and poems by heart which they then use to develop their writing skills. Ultimately, they create their own writing, through the stages of Imitation, Innovation and Invention. (See English Policy).

The 'Talk 4 Writing' approach is underpinned by the daily teaching of handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation.



At Parkgate we teach handwriting following a specific structured style. Attached below is further information on handwriting, and also an example of the guidelines we use with children.  The children take part in daily handwriting sessions following a scheme called Pen Pals.

Year 1 English Guidance Year 2 English Guidance Year 3 English Guidance
Year 4 English Guidance Year 5 English Guidance Year 6 English Guidance



 Phonics Policy 2016.docDownload
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