The children at River Beach benefit from a creative approach to Literacy, inspired by their curriculum topics. Work is planned and taught in units with, a writing outcome at the end based on a particular genre of text. Within each unit, pupils progress through the skills necessary for forming each text type and also develop vocabulary linked to the topics. During reading sessions, pupils read and respond to texts linked to the curriculum topics. In addition to the creative curriculum, River Beach Primary School offers a specialised programme of literacy to small groups that require extra support in reading and writing. The scheme, Read Write Inc, supports pupils in their ability to decode words (read) and encode words (spell), as well as helping them to form accurately punctuated sentences. It is the aim of every teacher in River Beach to ensure that their class enjoy reading, writing and responding to texts, whilst raising standards for every pupil.

One approach to writing we use at River Beach Primary school is Talk for Writing.We want all our children to develop into thoughtful readers and creative writers and it is through the Talk for Writing approach that we believe we can achieve this. Through its multi-sensory and interactive teaching it enables children of all ages and abilities to learn to write a wide range of story/text types using various methods. Talk for writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett. It is a fun, creative yet rigorous approach to developing writing.Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. Throughout the school we place a strong emphasis on children reading stories and enjoying a range of literature. Through regular reading, we want children to build up a rich an extensive vocabulary for their own writing. During the initial ‘imitation’ stage of Talk for Writing children learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a story with expression and actions and use a story map to support their retelling of the story.Once the story is learnt the children are encouraged to adapt it, this is the ‘innovation’ stage where they make the story their own, for example changing the setting or character. The final stage is the ‘invention’, this is where the children write their own text independently.

See our pages about Accelerated Readerreading, spellings and our approach to phonics for more details about these areas.

The breakdown of our English curriculum can be viewed here.