Literacy is one of our core subjects and is taught in discrete sessions throughout the school. Literacy can be broken into key areas:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation and grammar
  • Speaking and listening


The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.


Year Group Reading & Writing Provision Maps


At Riverside we teach literacy skills through a range of different programmes and techniques that are designed to support children’s development in the key areas above. Below are some of the programmes we use to support literacy development:

Read Write Inc.

Literacy and Language

Accelerated Reader


Nelson Grammar

Get Spelling

Fresh Start


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