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At Chartham Primary we believe that a quality Literacy (English) curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely, often and for pleasure. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society. These aims are embedded across our literacy lessons and the wider curriculum.


We have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. To support this, teachers use the Jane Considine approach to writing and adapt as appropriate to the needs of their classes in order to develop pupil’s skills as authors, but also ensure that cross curricular links with concurrent topic work are woven into the programme of study. In order to build upon their phonics foundations, children from Year 2 up develop their spelling skills using Sir Linkalot, a fun method to visualise and memorise challenging words.


As a result we have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing literacy knowledge and skills. They are confident to take risks in their reading and writing, and love to discuss and share their ideas.


A member of Inspira Academy Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales, with company number 13188733.