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Poulner Infant School and Nursery

Building Futures Through Creativity, Challenge and Collaboration

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Poulner Infant School and Nursery

Building Futures Through Creativity, Challenge and Collaboration



Mrs Anthony- English Subject Leader


  • Phonics -For all our children to become fluent readers and writers, phonics must be taught through a systematic and structured phonics programme.
  • Reading for pleasure - We place great importance in developing children’s love of reading. We want children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.
  • High quality texts - all children  experience a wide range of quality texts which enable quality teaching and a love of reading.
  • Intervention 
  • Direct teaching - For all children to leave as fluent and lifelong readers through discrete and direct teaching.
  • Reading across the curriculum - A child’s ‘reading journey’ begins with ‘learning to read’ and moves to ‘reading to learn’.



  • DFE approved – Little Wandle
  • Daily phonics sessions using the teach, practise, apply approach
  • Engaging library sessions for each class every week
  • Daily reading for pleasure sessions to enjoy and share reading experiences. 
  • We encourage the sharing of book recommendations
  • High quality guided reading and shared reading throughout the school using a consistent approach
  • High quality writing journeys where skills are directly and discretely taught.
  • Handwriting taught weekly 
  • Spelling is directly taught through phonics and separate spelling sessions. 
  • Children are taught a range of strategies with a focus on a different spelling pattern each week



  • Progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills.  
  • More confident writers
  • Familiar with variety of writing genres 
  • Teaching that can focus on creativity, writer’s craft, sustained writing and manipulation of grammar and punctuation skills. 
  • Children will leave the school being able to read independently for information
  • Develop a love of reading for pleasure and read widely
  • Apply comprehension skills for a variety of purposes and across the curriculum
  • Children become confident in using language to express themselves and communicate in a range of different context
  • Leave the school with the literacy skills needed to be successful in the next stage of their journey