At Rye Oak literacy is at the heart of all of our teaching. The study of English and the acquisition of language are vital for all of our children to be able to communicate for all purposes and audiences throughout their education and beyond. We intend for all children to leave Rye Oak having a rich and varied vocabulary as well as having a love of literature.


Reading for pleasure is a priority across the whole school and we aim to instil a love of books within all our children. Reading is prioritised and taught explicitly and through daily guided reading sessions from Y1 to Y6. Every child is expected to read every evening with an adult and teachers monitor this closely. High quality texts are used in reading teaching, guided reading lessons and within the curriculum to expose children to different authors, ambitious language and to build an understanding of the world beyond their immediate environment.

We use a range of reading schemes to supoort the teaching of reading. These include Project-X and Rapid Readers for reading catch up.

Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening is a high priority from the moment children start and opportunities for developing this are woven across the curriculum. We use debate, discussion and drama to encouraging high level thinking and engagement, as well as giving the children opportunities to hear speaking and listening for different purposes.

Phonics and spelling

Phonics is prioritised from Nursery upwards. In KS1, phonics is taught daily for a period of 30 minutes. We use Letters and Sounds to drive teaching and learning and to ensure coverage. Targeted phonics interventions are used across the school to support rapid progress for those children who are working below national expectations. A robust tracking system is used to ensure no child is left behind. In Early Years and KS1, spelling is embedded with the phonics that the children are taught. In KS2 spelling teaching is both discreet and embedded. Additionally, the children learn spelling patterns and rules through high quality texts during their lessons. The marking code is used to highlight the importance of spelling in all subject areas and to help address misconceptions.

We teach phonics through Letters and Sounds. We use Read, Write Inc and Phonics Bug to support with early reading and phonics.


At Rye Oak, we use the National Curriculum as a basis for planning our lessons. Lessons are taught through the use of high quality core texts, which are linked to the curriculum topic. The teaching sequence begins with the immersion of the children within the text through the use of an engaging starting point, drama, speaking and listening activities, and gathering initial ideas. Grammar objectives are then taught and developed in the context of the text with the children then applying these skills by writing a variety of different text types. This includes through teacher modelling, supported and shared writing, and task-led independent writing. Children are given regular opportunities to write for different purposes and audiences across the curriculum, as well as developing their ability to write at length. High expectations in handwriting are developed and maintained from EYFS upwards, with emphasis placed on correct letter and number formation being developed and maintained in all writing.