Literacy at Chapter House

Literacy is taught every day at Chapter House from Early Years in Nursery and Reception, to Key Stage Two.

Each year children build on the foundations by practising handwriting, phonics, spelling, and grammar.

Chapter House pupil

Enjoyable spelling, grammar, and writing lessons.
Championing Literacy

Skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing are woven into every aspect of learning at Chapter House. Across all subjects, lessons are taught in a vocabulary-rich environment to equip your child with the confidence and competence to communicate clearly.

Reading is also championed at Chapter House, with dedicated time every day for each class to enjoy a book together or visit the library.


Early Years Foundation Stage

Teaching phonics, listening to sounds and writing letters begins as soon as your child starts at Chapter House. At Nursery and Reception, “Magic Moment” sessions (short bursts of planned activities) teach children phonics and handwriting whilst incorporating play into learning. Curiosity and a love of learning inspire the teaching of Literacy, and this is reinforced using play as a component of teaching.

Key Stage One

Literacy lessons are based on the topic work of the term. For example, in Year 1 students will learn how to write factually by researching and writing about an African animal as part of their topic “Come With Me To Africa.” Or, if your child is in Year Two, they will learn how to read and write non-fiction through their topic in Antarctica.

Children practise phonics every day and have guided reading sessions once a week. Reading plays a big part in children’s learning and to help grow children’s confidence, we have introduced ‘Reading with Indy’ sessions. Indy is our lovable reading dog who adores listening to children read.

In Year Two, children have weekly handwriting practice to improve their cursive writing skills. 

Key Stage Two

When children reach Key Stage Two, literacy lessons become a little more advanced, building on grammatical and reading skills. 

Year 3 students learn how to structure paragraphs, complex sentences, and dialogue. They receive weekly spelling tests and handwriting tasks linked to their practice of phonics. Once in Year 4, children practise narrative writing inspired by class texts and home reading. Finally in Year 5, students learn advanced punctuation and practise writing using a variety of sentence structures. Both Year 4 and Year 5 have weekly grammar sessions and spelling tests.

Again, many lessons are linked to topic work and are sparked by student’s observations and interests within and outside of lessons.