Literacy Curriculum

Each year group covers both fiction and non-fiction genre. Each term they will cover a fiction genre, a non-fiction genre, working from a text and exploring how writing is formed and constructed. Poetry is taught throughout each unit and explicitly every two terms. Below is a link to the overview of the genre that each year group will cover in each term.

Literacy Overview



English at the heart of the National Curriculum and at Fair Furlong Primary School we aim to inspire enthusiasm for reading and writing and maximise opportunities to develop children’s literacy skills. We endeavour for our children to leave our school fully equipped with the speaking, listening, reading and writing tools they will need for the wider world. During Literacy lessons children are taught important and valuable skills that will help them communicate effectively with others and unlock different subjects within the curriculum.



Staff and children at Fair Furlong Primary School practise, use and teach the cursive handwriting script. We use this because research shows that there is a direct relationship between the quality of a person’s handwriting and the quality of their written text. It also allows more fluency when writing, allowing children to write their ideas coherently while being able to think about their next sentences. Also, children who have dyslexia or dyslexic tendencies and who find spelling difficult can often find a joined cursive script more accessible. In Nursery and Reception the children will learn pre cursive writing – where they have a ‘lead in’ and a ‘lead out’ for each letter. Each lead in, and each letter starts on the line. This then allows the children to progress into joined handwriting. As the children progress to joined handwriting, they’re challenged never to take their pen off the page when writing one word!



At Fair Furlong children have a Literacy lesson each day. During these lessons children are taught to write for a range of audiences and purposes. A high quality, topic related book is selected by teachers to be used  as a stimulus for writing that term. The children are taught and then learn key rules for spelling, grammar and punctuation each day, helping them to communicate their ideas in a coherent manner. The children are taught to plan, draft, write and edit their work, giving them the ability to independently improve each piece of writing to effectively suit the audience and purpose. The children’s writing is celebrated each term.  One child is nominated for the writer of the term award by their class teacher. Each nominee gets a small reward, and an overall winner from each phase is awarded a writer's pack in assembly. All of the nominations, along with the winning pieces, are displayed in the school hall.


Spelling Badges

The children from Year 2 - 6 will have a termly spelling overview sent home in their home learning folders at the beginning of each term. This will outline the spelling rules that will be taught each week and give a list of eight words to accompany these rules. They will be tested on these rules and words weekly, as well as being tested on two more words that are not on the list but do match the rule. This will give the children the chance to apply their knowledge of the spelling rule to other words. In the final week of the term, the children will take part in a test comprising of 15-20 words that reviews all of the rules they have covered this term. Spelling 75% or more of the words correctly earns them a spelling badge that will be presented in assembly and where their achievements are celebrated with the rest of the school. The children can work towards earning six termly spelling badges over the year. 

Year 1 and Reception children will be continuing to learn phonics sounds, as well as learn high frequency words. They will get the chance to earn a termly spelling badge, but will be tested on their understanding of phonics sounds and high frequency words. 



Each child should have a book bag that they bring to school every day. The bag needs to contain their reading book and reading diary. Please listen to your child read at home as often as possible (at least 4 times a week). Sign and date your child’s diary when you have heard them read at home. We have weekly and termly prizes your child could win for reading at home or enthusiasm for reading.  We have DEAR sessions on Tuesday mornings at 8.15am and Thursday afternoons at 2.50pm. This is for parents to bring their children to their child’s classroom and share a book together.

Your child can independently change their reading books. An adult in school will hear your child read at least once a fortnight. Additionally, reading lessons are taught daily where children will practise to read and practise comprehension skills. Reading sessions explicitly teach children to read fluently and with expression, whilst focusing on reading skills (vocabulary, inference, predicting, explaining, retrieving and summarising).


Reading Comprehension Questions EYFS
ReadingComprehension Questions  Year 1
Reading Comprehension Questions Year 2
Reading Comprehension Questions Year 3
Reading Comprehension Questions Year 4 
Reading Comprehension Questions Year 5
Reading Comprehension Questions Year 6



Phonics is taught daily in Nursery, Reception, Year 1. At the end of Year 1 all children are tested on their ability to blend and segment words and recognise pseudo (pretend) words. The children who do not pass the phonics test still receive daily phonics support in Year 2 and key stage two literacy lessons.

There is a great website to use to support your children learning phonics. Follow the link below and visit the parents section.

Username – fairfurlong  Password - fairfurlong


Book Week

Each year we celebrate Book Week. During this time we hold an event called Bed Time Reading where children come to school in the evening, wearing their pyjamas. The classrooms are decorated with blankets and books and we read stories together. We also have a dressing up day and visits from authors.


You read, I read

Why not read one page to your child, and then ask them to read the next page?! Or you read the book once, then they read it!

Beyond books

Reading material comes in many different shapes and sizes. Magazines, newspapers, recipes and comic books all provide opportunities for reading practice. This could also include playing board games that involve reading instructions!

Keep it fun, for everyone

As you read with your children, keep them involved by asking questions about the story. Or ask them to draw pictures of what they have read.

Local library

Visit the local library together on a regular basis, and enjoy spending time choosing new books.

Keep or swap!

If your child reads the same book over and over again, keep it as a special book they get to read after reading a few pages of their school reading book. Encourage your children and their friends to swap books with each other. This will encourage them to talk and think about the books they are reading.

What time is it?

Regardless of how motivated your child is, he or she will not read if there isn't any time to do so. Carve time out of the busy day and dedicate it to reading, both together and on your own.

I want that one!

Reading can sometimes be a choice. Make sure there are a variety of books, magazines, and other materials available for your child to choose from. Let your child's interests guide his or her reading choices. You could always use these as a reward after reading their school book.

Look at what I did!

A chart that marks the number of books or pages a child has read. Once the goal has been reached, reward your child! It doesn't have to be anything elaborate – it could be time on the iPad or an opportunity to make something small as a craft activity.