At Crackley Bank, we strive to embed a life-long love of language and communication by learning about Literacy skills, through the use of quality children’s texts, books and topics that inspire and excite young readers and writers.

We believe that it is important for our children to enjoy writing and to be proud of it in all areas of the curriculum. We aim to create as many cross-curricular writing opportunities, to engage and inspire all writers. Drama is used to develop ideas and extend children’s vocabulary when writing.

We have a strong belief that it is not only our duty to focus on the teaching of reading, but ensure that the children develop a love of reading throughout school. We believe that the teaching of early reading is key to children becoming confident life-long readers who love the world of books. Throughout the school, children take part in daily Guided Reading sessions developing speaking and listening skills. Teachers choose a whole class text that reflects the interest of their pupils, facilitating comprehension skills. Teachers are able to scaffold the children in their learning, stretching the depth of understanding within a text.

Children are encouraged to read at home daily. This helps to develop confident and fluent readers.

Reading Policy


Throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1, children are taught phonics on a daily basis.

The ‘Letters and Sounds’ approach provides a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills starting with initial sounds, blending and segmenting. It also introduces children to ‘tricky’ words or words that cannot be decoded by breaking it down.  The children are taught that these tricky words sometimes have to be learned by sight. 

At Crackley Bank we understand that developing phonetic knowledge is only one skill to becoming a confident and competent reader.  Starting in Nursery, children are encouraged to demonstrate an understanding when talking with others about what they have either listened to or read. Teachers consistently model a range of reading strategies which support children to read with fluency and a depth of understanding.


The school follows the National Curriculum for English which can be found on the link below.  

National Curriculum For English


Click on the quote below to see our leaflet all about reading with hints and tips to do at home: