A love of reading and writing is an important factor in our school, we encourage all children to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts.


The teaching of Literacy is structured around the New National Curriculum and the Early Learning Goals in the EYFS. We use a wide range of materials to enhance the delivery of quality first teaching and incorporate a broad and balanced curriculum, which holds the children’s own interests at heart. Through this, we adopt a cross-curricular approach to Literacy, to ensure that opportunities are taken to make meaningful links with other curriculum areas. 1:1 and small group interventions are effectively implemented in order to support Literacy teaching across the school.

The inter-related skills of reading, writing and speaking/listening are taught and practised throughout the curriculum.   Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling are taught discretely and then reinforced through writing and reading lessons.  Guided reading and reciprocal reading enhance individual and class-based reading activities across the whole school. 


Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write and helps them hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.

Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how the letters sound when they are combined helps children to decode words as they read. Understanding phonics also helps children know which letters to use when they are writing words.

Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters.

Phonics is taught daily in KS1, as a school we are currently adopting Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. This is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. 

For more information as well as helpful resources and videos on how to support your child at home please follow the links below:


English Homework


Regular homework is encouraged particularly in the areas of reading, spelling and grammar to reinforce and practise skills taught in school. A whole school spelling approach to homework has been implemented in order to meet the needs of the children as well as extend their wider vocabulary. 


Pupils will make good progress from their own personal starting points. By the end of Year Six they will demonstrate age appropriate speaking and listening skills. They will be able to read and write clearly and articulately and adapt their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Our pupils will acquire a wide vocabulary and have a strong command of the written word. Most importantly, they will develop a love of reading and writing, achieve highly and be well equipped for the rest of their education.


Our Literacy Lessons are based on the principle of 'Take One Book'. This is an effective approach where a book is used as a theme throughout the teaching sequence from reading to writing. It is an opportunity for children to read, explore and write in a variety of genres using one text as a stimulus. We love reading books!

At Hathersage St. Michael's Primary School we have been developing our Literacy Working Walls. This has helped to develop independent and confident learners.

Take a look at some of the examples below...

We like to celebrate Reading and Writing across the school...

We really enjoy celebrating World Book Day at Hathersage St. Michael's School. The School Council organised lots of fun activities across the school including: a very competitive, 'Decorate Your Door' competition, a published illustrator came to school to share her drawings and members of the Governing Board came to share their favourite books with the children.

Reading Schemes in Key Stage 1:

Oxford Reading Tree

Collins Big Cat

Floppy Phonics


Smart Kids Phonic Resources


LCP Phonics Scheme

Ginn 360

Heinemann Storyworlds

Scholastic Reading Scheme


We base our phonics teaching on Letters and Sounds and follow the Phased approach to learning. Click here for further information, progression through the Phases and free resources: letters-and-sounds

Reading Suggestions across the School

Click here for a selection of books your child might enjoy reading. Lists are in Year Groups:

School Reading Lists


World Book Day is celebrated by dressing as our favourite book characters and sharing fun reading activities across the school

Year 5 Dovedale Class entered The BBC 500 Word Story Competition. They all received a certificate.