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Sunny Bank Primary School

Halfway HousesPrimary School

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Welcome to our Literacy page


We aim to meet the demands of the National Curriculum by fulfilling its teaching objectives.

Literacy unites the important skills of reading and writing, speaking and listening.


Literary skills, including oral responses, underlie the whole curriculum, communication forming the basis of teaching and learning.


The National Curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • Read easily , fluently and with understanding
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, both for pleasure and understanding
  • 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 debates.


The programme of study for reading consists of:


  • Word reading
  • Comprehension (both listening and reading)


It is essential that teaching focuses on developing pupil’s competence in both areas.


We support the teaching of reading through the use of a wide range of books to meet the needs of individual pupils and through regular guided reading sessions.


The children are encouraged to take their personal reading books home, as parental support in reading with children is invaluable.




Get in Touch

  • Halfway Houses Primary SchoolDanley Road, Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey,Kent, ME12 3AP

  • 01795 662875