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Subject Leader: Miss Kilkenny

At Lee Brigg Infant & Nursery School we aim to develop children’s literacy skills through a topic based approach which, wherever possible is book led. We aim to provide opportunities for children to develop their literacy skills through other subjects such as History, R.E. and Science as we want children to see how literacy can be used effectively in other areas of the curriculum.


English is taught daily in all classes as a designated lesson and also as a cross curricular medium. As the English Curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of reading, writing, spelling and grammar, we aim to offer an interesting and varied breadth of study of these skills throughout each year group to keep children engaged and motivated.


In English, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. These skills enable children to express themselves and communicate in general and to make sense of the whole school curriculum.


Speech and Language

At Lee Brigg Infant & Nursery School, language and communication underpins our whole curriculum. Our children are immersed in language and literature and the development of spoken language and key vocabulary is an essential tool in unlocking learning opportunities across the curriculum. Therefore we develop our children’s speech and language skills through a wide range of activities including role play, drama, discussions, assemblies and ensure that these skills are developed across all subject areas.

Lee Brigg Infant & Nursery School Oracy Strategy



Reading is taught across the curriculum, through guided and shared reading, using a range of reading schemes. These include fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. We also have a wide selection of phonics readers to support the teaching and learning of phonics.

For further information see our ‘How we teach reading’ and ‘How we teach phonics’ pages.

How we teach Phonics and Early Reading



Please ask at the school office for a copy of our Reading Strategy



Wherever possible, writing is linked to other subject areas give children meaning and purpose for writing. Children are immersed in models of writing through guided and teacher led activities and are also provided with a wide range of opportunities to become confident, independent writers.


At Lee Brigg we aim for children to:

  •  write every day through a range of contexts and cross curricular themes.
  •  express their unique ‘writing voice’ through the texts they write.
  •  choose words for effect to show purpose and audience.
  •  develop their understanding of the different types of punctuation as set down in the 2014 National Curriculum and understand the impact it has on the reader.
  •  learn how to spell key words accurately and apply them to their writing.
  • develop their handwriting and presentation skills so that they produce pieces of writing they are proud of and that others can read.

Videos – Reading at Lee Brigg Infant & Nursery School – Information for Parents and Carers

Reading in Nursery

Reading in Reception

Reading in Year 1

Reading in Year 2


Useful Links

Department for Education (DfE) – 10 top tips for parents to support children to read

Department for Education (DfE) – The reading framework – Teaching the foundations of literacy [page 80]


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