Phone
01604 410369

Address
Hayeswood Road, Lings
Northampton, NN3 8NN

At Lings Primary School, we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and speaking and listening. We have a rigorous and well-organised phonics, reading and writing curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for children to become skilled across all areas of English including phonics. Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English (2014) to enable all children to:

  • 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.

These aims are embedded across our English lessons and throughout the wider curriculum, which includes many opportunities for reading and writing. We will provide the means for children to develop a secure knowledge base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. Rigorous assessment and review, alongside current research, will ensure that we are able to provide effective, targeted support so that all children experience success in literacy; we believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to succeed not only in their education but also in later life.

Reading

Learning to read at primary school gives children the opportunity to access all areas of the curriculum. Our vision at Lings is that by the end of KS2, children will have developed life-long reading habits and a love of reading and books. Our text rich curriculum will expose children to new worlds, experiences and ideas and give them the opportunities to expand their horizon. Through our choice of texts and other reading opportunities, such as author visits, we will transport children on a reading journey. 

Writing including SPaG

By the time our Year Six children leave we intend for them to have developed a love of writing and to be able to express their thoughts clearly and creatively through written word. Through their reading sessions and drama, children will enrich their vocabulary in their talk and this will help scaffold to their writing. With the implementation of the writing journey being well established and taught through both key stages, children will become more confident writers, and as the children reach Upper Key stage 2, they will be familiar with most genres of writing and teaching to focus on creativity, sustained writing and manipulation of grammar and punctuation skills. Children to be able to transfer and embed grammar, punctuation and spelling skills consistently in all aspects of their learning.

Phonics

At Lings Primary School, we strive to teach children to read effectively and quickly using Sounds-Write. Sounds-Write is a quality first phonics programme. Its purpose is to provide classroom professionals with a comprehensive system with which to teach reading, spelling and writing.

It teaches all key elements of

  • conceptual understanding
  • factual knowledge
  • segmenting
  • blending
  • phoneme manipulation

These are necessary for learning to read and spell until all children achieve the automaticity that underlies the fluency of every successful reader.

Find out more about named phonics programmes