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Writing at Longwick


At Longwick:

  • we believe that all pupils should be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing.
  • we want pupils to acquire a wide vocabulary, a solid understanding of grammar and be able to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they learn.
  • we will inspire them to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • all pupils will be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their writing, in part by developing a good, joined, handwriting style by the time they move to secondary school.
  • we know that all good writers refine and edit their writing over time, so we want children to develop independence in being able to identify their own areas for improvement in all pieces of writing, editing their work effectively during and after the writing process.



At Longwick we believe the exposure of children’s literature within our school is vital as a rich context for learning; not only within English as a subject but to support building a reading culture throughout the school.


We aim to use high quality books that offer opportunities for empathy and can aid philosophical enquiry, as a means of developing the spoken language requirements through debate, drama and discussion using the issues raised through, and within, the text.

Reading at Longwick


At Longwick:

  • we believe all pupils should have the opportunity to learn to read regardless of their background, needs or abilities
  • we will endeavour to deliver a systematic, synthetic phonics programme which matches or exceeds the expectations of the English National Curriculum and Early Learning Goals
  • we will build a curriculum which develops a love of reading to help pupils know more, remember more and understand more
  • we will ensure that attainment of reading is rigorously assessed and monitored so that gaps may be addressed quickly and effectively for all pupils 



We aim to use a balanced and engaging approach to developing reading which encompasses both decoding and comprehension skills, and provide support to ensure fluency is secure by KS2.  Reading can be seen to be at the heart of our weekly timetable with specific time dedicated to reading for pleasure - a key component in any reading school.  


Progression of reading skills will be developed year on year and carefully selected texts will ensure that children are exposed to a wide variety of high-quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry from a range of diverse cultural backgrounds.  

Writers of the week this week are....................

Letter-join Handwriting Scheme

Writing and Reading at Longwick across the years

World Book Day 2020 - wear your pyjamas to school!

World Book Day 2017 - Staff sharing their favourite books

World Book Day 2017- Potato Competition

World Book Day 2017- Speed Read


Phonics is the teaching of letters and sounds which makes up the decoding part of reading and spelling.

At Longwick we follow the six phases of the Department for Education's strategy for phonics: Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics. These are taught taught systematically through phases one to six throughout the Reception Year and in Years One and Two. The principles of phonics underpin all reading and spelling skills taught thereafter.


Teachers use assessment for learning and the Letters and Sounds end of phase assessments to track and review children’s progress. Children will progress through the six phases of Letters and Sounds, beginning with Phase one in Reception. By the end of the Summer Term, Reception children should be familiar up to the end of Phase Three. By the end of Year 2, children should be proficient in their phonics knowledge and have completed Phase Six of Letters and Sounds.


Children in Year 2 who did not meet the required standard for phonics and need more work on ‘decoding’ and ‘word reading’ skills, will have opportunities to practice this using daily phonics sessions. Children in Year 3 and older who need further phonic intervention work will do so through targeted interventions.

Longwick Spelling Bee

Longwick Spelling Bee 1

Aspirations For The Future

Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.

Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Reader and Writer:

  • Publicity Assistant
  • Stage Director
  • Song Writer
  • Entertainment Manager
  • Social Media Consultant
  • Cartoonist