Subject Leader - Mrs Mansouri-Johnson

The Curriculum

At Orchard Primary School we believe that every child should have the opportunity to become fluent and enthusiastic readers, writers and be confident users of spoken language who are able to communicate effectively in a range of learning and social contexts across the curriculum.

Our approach to teaching and learning of literacy is through the use of high quality literature. Each class bases literacy learning around the class book and through this the children take part in a range of approaches to develop oral fluency, vocabulary and written work, all of which create much enthusiasm around the book and leads to better comprehension and writing skills.

We also believe it is important for children to develop stamina for writing so each week all children take part in an extended writing lesson called ‘The Big Write’. During this lesson, the children are expected to write for a longer length of time.

At Orchard, we work hard to develop a love for reading in all pupils. We do this by offering a wide selection of books in each classroom’s dedicated reading area and we have a well-stocked school library as well as the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme. We also have good links with the local libraries. Adults in the school show an interest in what children are reading and what their preferences are. We celebrate reading with special curriculum days in the year.
New Curriculum Speaking and Listening Expectations

Year Long Term English Plan for Years 1-6

All about high frequency words.pdf

Literacy Policy 

English Policy Autumn 2017.pdf

How can you help at home?
What Books Should My Child Be Reading?

The best way to get children to enjoy reading is to let them read books that interest them. Of course, you also need to encourage your child to read a wide range of books. Adults need to model to children looking at book reviews and trying out new styles and authors. It can be hard to know where to start but there are many helpful websites that list recommended books. One of the best websites is:

This website gives lots of information about books for children and you can search by age range to get lists of quality books that all children should have the enjoyment of reading.
    •    English Curriculum information sheet for parents

Intervention programmes

We work hard to develop all children’s literacy skills. From time to time some children may need some extra support. We run a number of intervention programmes that aim to make sure all children achieve their full potential.
These interventions include:
    •    Year 1 and 2, SEN support with Mrs Bridge to develop all aspects of literacy.
    •    Year 3, 4, 5 and 6, SEN support with Mrs Gwillam to develop all aspects of literacy.
    •    Language groups with Mrs Say to support our youngest children with the acquisition and development of their speech and language skills.
    •    Motor skills intervention (Jump Ahead) with Mrs Bridge to support children who need further development of their motor skills for handwriting.
    •    Mrs Bridge and Mrs Say work with some KS1 children to complete an intensive one-to-one reading intervention.

All class teachers differentiate and meet the needs of all pupils in their lessons and we are also very lucky to have volunteer support from Sidcup Rotary Club. Their members come into school weekly to listen to children read on a one-to-one basis.

Assessment Information

Children are assessed in reading and writing at the end of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 they are also assessed in speaking and listening. Assessment for learning takes place on a daily basis to inform teachers of children’s next steps for learning. More formal assessments take place at the end of each half term and children’s levels are updated. This information is then used to help direct interventions to the children who most need it.

We are very lucky at Orchard Primary School to have a hard working team of teachers and teaching assistants that continually strive to improve standards for all children. We have seen the standards in Literacy improve over the last couple of years and the quality of teaching is good/outstanding in all classes.

Children also enjoy literacy and show good attitudes towards reading and writing. They particularly enjoy their class books and this has encouraged more children to read more widely in and out of school.

Orchard Primary School, Oxford Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6LW
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