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At Paddocks we are committed to developing a love of reading and constantly promote reading for pleasure. All children are explicitly taught reading comprehension skills. We use the ‘Read with DERIC’ acronym to teach children the key skills involved to be a successful reader – decoding, explanation, retrieval, interpretation and understanding an author’s choices. This is done using a variety of exciting texts and supported through the use of the Rising Stars Cracking Comprehension materials. Children participate in regular sessions where teachers encourage whole class, paired and independent analysis of the text. Pupils are taught to look for evidence when answering questions and encouraged to discuss their opinions of books they have read. Children have access to class libraries, the whole school library and home reading books. In Early Years and Key Stage 1, children also have access to a wide range of phonetically decodable books (including books from the Phonics Bug and Big Cat Phonics schemes) and in Key Stage 2 each classroom is well stocked with a variety of free reader texts. Since 2018, we have also used ‘Accelerated Reader’ to develop reading skills which uses a combination of quality children’s literature and ICT to provide children with even more opportunities to develop their reading skills both in school and at home. This is further supplemented by the online 'MyOn' digital library.


Literacy lessons at Paddocks are taught in a cross-curricular fashion and linked to the exciting topics that children are studying at the time. Teachers use a structured writing cycle to cover the features of each writing genre which is further supported by the Grammarsaurus guides to non-fiction writing.

At the beginning of each writing cycle the class will look at existing examples of the chosen genre. They have the opportunity to pick out the ‘Genre Features’ needed to ensure they are writing in that genre style and any age-appropriate grammar features they can find too. Children are asked to always consider the purpose, audience and type (PAT) for each genre. The next phase in the cycle is ‘Gathering Content’ which is the chance to practise genre-specific grammar and gather the required information needed to create their final pieces of writing. The children then are asked to ‘Plan’ their piece of writing before the ‘Write’ part of the cycle. Once children have written their piece of work, they are expected to ‘Revise and Edit’ their work. We use the mnemonic ‘ARMS’ and ‘CUPS’ in this phase; revising their work is focusing on how their writing sounds and whether they need to add, remove, move or substitute any words and sentences in their work. Editing their work is focusing on what their writing looks like and asks them to check their capitals, usage (subject and verb agreement), punctuation and spelling. The final phase in the writing cycle is to ‘Publish’ their work in best for display.

Teachers use a range of resources, ICT and texts to inspire children during literacy lessons and teach the specific features of a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry genres throughout the school.

Phonics and Spelling

Phonics is taught using the Letters and Sounds in Early Years and Key Stage 1. This teaching is supported by the Phonics Play online resources which are fun and motivating for young children. Teachers use a variety of strategies including games, paired work, whole class instruction, one to one and small group support and independent work to provide children with lots of opportunities to practise phonics skills throughout the day. In addition to this work, the No Nonsense Spelling programme is used in Key Stage 1 and 2 to develop children’s spelling skills. Key words relating to topics being taught are displayed in classrooms and this spelling work is applied to writing during literacy lessons.  Some elements of Read Write Inc are also used to support children's learning of early reading skills.

English Enrichment

In addition to delivering a broad and varied literacy curriculum for all children of all abilities, we work hard to offer many enriching experiences for children throughout the school year. We maintain close links with Newmarket library who come in to school and promote library use through reading competitions, library reward schemes and school trips to the library. Over the last few years we have been visited by several published authors who have given whole school presentations and workshop work with children promoting reading and writing. Each year we run a ‘Get Caught Reading’ competition where children are encouraged to bring in a photograph of themselves reading in the craziest place they can think of. We celebrate a love of reading each year on World Book Day when children have dress up competitions, book swaps, paired reading with other classes and participate in drama through literacy activities. The Scholastic Book Faire visits Paddocks once a year and children purchase books for home and also earn rewards for the school. Finally, all teachers plan fun and inspiring school trips for children from which a range of literacy learning opportunities are born.

Reading at Home

We use a number of ways to encourage strong links between home and school when learning to read, and continuing to read for pleasure.  A variety of workshops and interactive sessions are open for parents to join us and learn more about how to support their child’s reading at home.  We send home phonics packs and information for parents during the early years of school and encourage parents to continue to share and enjoy stories and books at home – whatever the child’s reading ability and age. 






New library opening (7 images)

February 1st 2018

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World Book Day trip to Newmarket Library (31 images)

Rabbit Class had great fun visiting Newmarket Library as part of Book Week. We also used our visit as an IPEELL Experience to research our class topic of Kenya. We learnt so much!

Created: 6 May 17 23:38 | Last modified: 6 May 17 23:45

'Oliver's fruit salad' (41 images)

We looked closely at this story and linked it to a discussion about healthy eating and explored different fruits through our senses.

Created: 20 Oct 16 12:13 | Last modified: 20 Oct 16 13:11

Roald Dahl Day 2016 (22 images)

The children dressed up as characters from Roald Dahl stories to celebrate Roald Dahl day.

Created: 13 Sep 16 09:59 | Last modified: 13 Sep 16 10:03