01536 710175

Mrs Jo Sail

Main Street, Loddington
Kettering, NN14 1LA

We place the highest importance on the successful development of literacy skills. Our curriculum caters for English teaching and development of reading, writing and speaking and listening is through our topics.


We believe that every child can be a good reader and we teach them the skills to be able to acheve this. We use the VIPERS (an acronym for the skills of Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Summary / Sequence) to teach reading. Each week, two whole class reading sessions are taught which incorporates a variety of genres focusing on a key VIPERS skill. Furthermore, two 'Book Talk' sessions take place, where children are grouped and take it in turns to read. Throughout these sessions, different questions are posed to the children and they discuss in their groups, responding orally.

We encourage the love of reading throughout our school through the use of Reading Buddies, this is where our Year 6 children are paired with a reader from Year 1, 2 and 3 and each week spend time listening to their buddy read. We also have a dedicated reading cabin which is available to be used throughout the school day. Once a half term, all children participate in Performance Poery, they share their performances in a whole school assembly. In addition to this, each half term, children sign up to listen to different genres of writing read by all members of our school staff.  Please see our current Reading Intent below.


We use the Read, Write, Inc. systematic synthetic phonics program at our school. 

The program teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and 'tricky' words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.  These links will show you how to say the sounds: How to say the sounds   tell you what read Write Inc Phonics means: What is Read Write Inc Phonics?  and 10 things to think about when reading with your child:10 things to think about when reading with your child


Writing units are carefully mapped out throughout the year to ensure that children learn how to confidently compose a range of genres. Much of the writing that we teach is driven by either a key text or by topics that we are delivering in our wider curriculum. Through shared writing, the children look at the technical features of a text and learn how to use aspects of grammar in context. After the shared write, the children plan, draft and complete final pieces of independent writing.