St Francis C.E. Primary School

St Francis C.E. Primary School

  • “Governors share the passion of senior leaders to secure the best possible outcomes for pupils.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “Relationships between teachers and pupils are excellent.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “Teachers make activities fun and relevant, which captures pupils' interests and ensures their good learning.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “There is a strong and positive ethos in the school.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “Pupils make good progress across the school, particularly in writing and mathematics.”OFSTED June 2016
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Literacy Coordinator - Mrs Laura Ray

At St Francis C.E Primary, English plays an integral role in all areas of our broad and balanced curriculum. We strive for our learners to develop a solid foundation in reading, writing and oracy. Children develop skills they can build on in their future lives; both in education and in the wider world. Not only do our learners take part in daily, reading and writing lessons, but they also learn to embed these skills in other curriculum areas; this could be a debate in a history lesson, writing an explanation in Science, or reading for information in Geography. We want to equip our children with the skills and knowledge they need to communicate effectively in this modern world.

Early Years Foundation Years

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, we use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ systematic programme to teach children phonic skills. Children quickly learn grapheme (letter) and phoneme (sound) correspondence which leads to the children learning to segment and blend words for reading and spelling. From Year 2, or when the children are confident and competent in spelling using their phonic skills, we begin to use the ‘No Nonsense spelling’ programme which teaches the children to learn spelling rules and patterns. 


In the Early Years and Key Stage 1 children take part in group guided reading sessions. As children progress into Key Stage 2, they take part in whole class guided reading lessons. We differentiate reading lessons according to the needs of our learners and select texts in line with the children’s current reading colour band and link the texts to our current class topics where possible.

At St Francis C.E Primary, we encourage children to develop a desire to read for pleasure. As well as introducing them to a range of authors and genres in English and guided reading lessons, we encourage children to extend their reading by choosing from a wide range of authors and genres from our well stocked library. To promote this, we have our Year 5 and 6 Librarians who support other readers in selecting books.

We strive to involve parents and carers in their child's English education. As well has helping children to develop essential reading skills by reading to someone at home every day, we also encourage adults to read to their children to help them develop high level comprehension skills as well as giving them ideas for their writing.

At St Francis C.E Primary the children progress through a reading scheme linked to colours, where they move through bands from pink to brown. Once children have reached and completed books in the brown band, they become 'free readers', where they are guided by their teacher to choose books that are appropriately challenging. This is complemented in class by a scheme of guided reading that fits into the colour bands

Please click here to learn more about the teaching of reading and download information about Book Banding.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Punctuation and grammar skills are taught explicitly through literacy teaching in all year groups and are a focus in all writing across the curriculum. Spelling is taught using No Nonsense Spelling. 

Speaking and Listening

In all areas of the curriculum, oracy skills are developed through talk partners, group discussions and drama activities. Listening to others, turn taking and debate are taught to encourage children to work together and to be able to achieve an outcome together. We have had a big ‘push’ on vocabulary recently and continue to model and promote an extensive range of vocabulary.