Pupils develop their ability to listen, speak, read and write throughout their time with us. We place an emphasis on building the basic skills required to be a literate person through developing a love and appreciation of stories, poems, film, drama, and a range of information texts including on-line versions.



Inspired by literature, or purposefully linked to topic learning, pupils learn the skills necessary to communicate their ideas in written form. We place importance on developing clear, legible handwriting, accurate spelling and the correct use of grammatical conventions.



Reading is about more than just learning to read words. It is also about developing a knowledge of how books work, as well as understanding and enjoying what has been read. 

In the Foundation Stage and Year 1, much of the teaching of reading is centred around phonics and decoding, as this underpins everything and provides a foundation on which children build the necessary skills needed by competent and confident readers.

 At Crow Lane we teach phonics daily to the whole class together following the Letters & Sounds programme.

 Oxford Reading Tree is the main progressive reading scheme that we use to help develop our children into competent and confident readers. For small group, teacher-led sessions we use a range of books to develop children’s reading skills.

Throughout school we use a book-based approach to planning and teaching Literacy lessons, derived from the principles of The Power of Reading Project.