Appleshaw St Peter's

Church of England Primary School

Languages & Literacy (including Digital Literacy and Modern Foreign Languages)


Language is at the heart of our development as successful adults in the world. We aim to provide children with a rich language experience during their time at Appleshaw from early language development in Year R to the manipulation of language to excite, engage, interest and influence others in Year 6. 

All pupils will receive an appropriate balance of speaking & listening opportunities, phonics, reading and writing teaching. 

In Years R, 1 & 2 systematic synthetic phonics is taught daily using the Letters and Sounds (  scheme as our core but also using other schemes where appropriate. Pupils are assessed on a regular basis to ensure that their provision is carefully matched to their level of development. Appropriate intervention is provided for pupils who are not meeting age-expectations. 

During Year 2 and then throughout Key Stage 2 children are taught spelling rules using the No Nonsense Spelling scheme ( We encourage an investigative approach to learning spelling as we believe this leads to a greater understanding. We assess the pupils at least annually using a diagnostic spelling test. Pupils who are not meeting age expectations are tested more regularly and additional spelling sessions are provided in order that they catch up.

Good spoken and written grammar is taught from Year R through to Year 6 in a variety of contexts; sometimes as stand-alone lessons, at other times as part of a writing session or reading session and at others during speaking and listening sessions.

Reading is taught daily. Initially in Years R & 1 pupils will be taught on a 1:1 basis but then towards the end of Year 1 and into Year 2 a  'guided reading' approach is used where pupils are taught in small groups. Through Key Stage 2 pupils are taught as a whole class the majority of the time although there will still be occasions where 1:1 and small group teaching will be appropriate. Our main reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. We supplement this using books from the Collins Big Cat scheme and the Rigby Star scheme. In addition to their guided reading book, pupils choose books to take home from a stage-appropriate colour band book. We also have a well-stocked library. Pupils have their own library card and are taught how to use the library and become independent users of it.

Digital Literacy describes the element of the computing curriculum that we use on a day-to-day basis such as the Internet, word processing and publishing programmes, iPads etc. At Appleshaw we see competent digital literacy as being essential in the 21st Century. We use Google Apps for Education extensively to support children's learning in this aspect of the curriculum. We have a well-resourced IT suite, a bank of laptops and Chromebooks and access to iPads. We review are hardware regularly to ensure we are as up-to-date as is practically possible.

We teach French across Key Stage 2 (years 3-6). Each Key Stage 2 class has at least an hour of French teaching per week.