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English and Phonics


The school uses the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.



The school follows the letters and sounds scheme.



At Stanhope Primary School we firmly believe that Literacy is a significant life skill and that the development of strong learning foundations will enable our children to listen, speak, read and write confidently throughout their school career and on into adult life. We believe that it is important to foster an enthusiasm for, and appreciation of, the different strands of literacy in a broad, cross-curricular and real-life sense at all stages throughout the school.


Aims of teaching literacy are to:


  • foster a lifelong love of reading;
  • provided a multi-sensory Literacy education for all children in school, irrespective of gender, ability or ethnicity, which fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum, Early Years and Foundation Stage Curriculum.;
  • enable all children, as far as they are able, to be ‘primary literate’ pupils by the time they leave at the end of Key Stage 2;
  • develop children’s ability through an integrated programme of speaking & listening, reading and writing;
  • teach children the value of focused listening in both teaching and social situations;
  • encourage all children to feel confident enough to explore and articulate their thoughts, feelings and emotions;
  • use drama and role play where appropriate, to give the children contextual experiences in which to learn;
  • encourage children to adapt their speech to a range of different situations and purposes;
  • foster an interest in texts of different genres, and an appreciation of the value of books for learning and enjoyment;
  • foster enjoyment of writing; helping children learn how to write in the style of these different genres and in doing so, develop recognition of the value of writing;
  • help children learn increasingly how to adapt this writing to a target audience;
  • develop an interest in words, both their application and meaning, and a growing personal vocabulary of both spoken and written words;
  • foster an atmosphere of constructive awareness of their own, and others’ literacy abilities and how to improve them.