Please view our comprehensive literacy strategy below.

Literacy Strategy

In English we use the programmes of study for key stages 1 and 2 for the National Curriculum in England. For a complete overview please click below to open a new window with the whole document from the Department for Education.

English programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2

Where relevant we teach English through the IPC units.

Children will be given the opportunity to develop to the full, their abilities in:

  • Spoken language
  • Reading – Word reading
  • Reading – Comprehension
  • Writing – Transcription
  • Writing – Composition
  • Writing – Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation
  • Handwriting and presentation
  • Spelling

The lead staff member for English is Miss Saunders who is supported by Miss Oakley.


Teaching reading is at the heart of our curriculum and phonics teaching is systematically taught from the earliest opportunity. It is primarily based around ‘Letters and Sounds’ using LCP plans as an initial guide. Children are first introduced to phonics teaching in YN where they undertake activities from ‘Phase 1’ – Letters and Sounds. Aspects of other phases are then introduced to individual pupils as appropriate. Children are ability grouped for phonics teaching in reception and through into year 1 (linked to phases) and taught daily for a tightly planned and fast paced session of 20 minutes in their group by either a class teacher or trained assistant. These groupings are regularly reviewed and amended according to the progress of the children. The skills covered in these sessions are then further embedded throughout the rest of the curriculum where appropriate. This is developed even further through parental links whereby staff meet with parents to give an overview of phonics teaching and the screening check process and to share specific information on decoding and blending. Pupils also take home decodable books.

Reading Rewards

At Great Heath, we run two reading reward schemes, designed to recognise and reward those children who read regularly at home.

In Reception and KS1, children take part in our RED TED scheme. RED TED stands for Read Every Day, Talk Every Day. We encourage children to read as much as they can with their parents, developing a shared love of reading and building up understanding and vocabulary. In KS2, children take part in Read to Succeed, with regular home reading the cornerstone of developing reading and comprehension.

Children earn prizes for their reading, starting with a sticker for 10 reads and going up to the top prize of an actual Red Ted for KS1 or a free book for those in KS2. However, the schemes have been so successful, that we have had to add extra layers of rewards. We thought that Platinum would be the top, but we’ve had to add a Diamond level for those children who just love to read!

10 Reads = Sticker
25 reads = Bronze certificate
50 reads = Special pencil
75 reads = Silver certificate
100 reads = Special badge
125 reads = Wristband
150 reads = Gold certificate + party
200 reads = Platinum certificate + Teddy bear/book
300 reads = Diamond certificate + bonus prize