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Oakley Church of England Combined School

Love, Honesty, Respect

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Oakley Church of England Combined School

Love, Honesty, Respect



At Oakley CE Combined School, our curriculum aims to teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Every aspect of the children's work is influenced by the extent to which they use language with imagination and accuracy. Competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening is encouraged throughout the curriculum in order to enable the children to communicate appropriately and effectively. We teach Literacy daily from Year 1 to Year 6 through cross-curricular links and where required as a discrete subject, with opportunities for Literacy in the Foundation Stage being incorporated within the child’s day according to principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually" (National Curriculum, 2014).

Reading is taught initially using a phonics programme called ‘Letters & Sounds’ before moving onto our reading scheme. The programme is introduced in Reception and consolidated throughout Key Stage 1. Opportunities are also given during Key Stage 2 for further consolidation of phonics and spelling and some pupils undertake specific intervention programmes if they experience difficulties with reading.

At our school, our children:

  • persevere with their reading to develop fluency with good understanding
  • are trusted to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate a rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and creatively, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • show compassion during discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the art of speaking and listening - having the courage to make formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.


We offer a rich and varied range of teaching approaches to achieve these ends, always striving to challenge every one of our pupils to make the maximum progress regardless of their starting point, with an understanding that different levels of support may be required to help them achieve their goals.

Literacy Curriculum Map