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At Rowledge C of E Prmary School we believe that a quality Literacy (English) curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion.

These aims are embedded across our literacy lessons and the wider curriculum. We will provide the means for children to develop a secure knowledge-base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum.

The organisation of the Literacy curriculum, has realised a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing literacy knowledge and skills. Children are confident to take risks in their reading and writing, and love to discuss and share their ideas.

The curriculum champions for Literacy are Miss Linsay Beaver  & Mrs Deana Holmes.  To find out more about how Rowledge delivers this subject please contact them using the following email addresses: l.beaver@rowledge.hants.sch.uk or d.holmes@rowledge.hants.sch.uk

Please find further information about our Literacy Curriculum below.



Our overview for the planning and delivery of English at Rowledge is led by the statutory, National Curriculum guidance and the relevant programmes of study for each yeargroup.


We have aligned a progression of skills and knowledge with the programmes of study for each year group. 

The documents below outline this progression and are used when assessing the ongoing progress of pupils.


Children at Rowledge C of E Primary are first taught to read using a system of synthetic phonics. This is a system where words are broken down into their sounds (phonemes) and children learn to recognise how those sounds are written (graphemes).  In this way, children can learn to sound out words and this helps them to read new words they may not have encountered before.  Alongside phonics, they will learn some tricky (or high frequency) words that don’t match neatly with phonics eg ‘come’ or ‘people’.

Our phonics teaching is based on Letters and Sounds. We use Phonics Play Resources and online games to support the teaching and learning of phonics.  The children are taught phonics daily. It is generally expected that most children will have completed Phase 4 by the end of Reception (though this will be revisited in Autumn 1 of Year 1) and Phase 5 by the end of Year 1. Y2 revisits Phase 5 in the autumn. Some children may need a little longer to complete the phases and we offer additional small-group support to those who require it.

To support parents and children in the pronounciation and understanding of phonemes, digraphs and trigraphs outside of the school setting, our Reception teacher Miss Awford has created a Phonics YouTube Channel.

To support children’s reading in line with their developing phonics knowledge, we offer colour-banded reading books throughout Reception and KS1. Phonics phase assessments are performed at intervals and children’s reading book bands are reviewed and updated in line with these.  We offer a selection of colour-banded Oxford Reading Tree books, including fiction and non-fiction.  These are supplemented by others, for example Collins Big Cat, Project X and Usbourne First Readers to offer a greater variety (and more practice where a child may need longer on a given book band). Children are heard reading regularly in school.


We regularly conference pupils to gain an awareness of their attitudes to a range of curriculum subjects.  Below is a sample of thoughts from a range of pupils about how they feel about the English curriculum at Rowledge.


"I like reading!  Floppy is my favourite character because he reminds me of my pet dog."


"I like that I am getting better at writing - I can do capital letters now!"


"I am such a good reader now.  I used to find it a bit tricky, but now I can read free choice library books and they have inspired me to read more!"

"I was really proud of a recent poem I wrote.  It was all about the rainforest and I even impressed myself"


"My teacher helps me to become a better writer than I thought I could be.  I love getting tips when my work is marked.  It is like having my own editor!"

"I love reading.  I get really engrossed when I have a new book.  I have special books to help me because I am dyslexic."


Below are our Year Group overviews which provide a sense of the curriculum experience children will recieve in each year group.  We recognise that each cohort are individuals and promote flexibility in themes to meet the required subject objectives.  You can see the range of concepts taught across the school by reviewing these documents. 

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