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KS2 Literacy


As children move through school, we continually develop their literacy skills. At Clough Head School, and the Heights Federation, our ultimate aim is to make sure that all our pupils are confident, articulated readers; our pupils are able to write for a range of different genres; our pupils have a sound understanding of English Grammar and have a life-long love of literacy. This is all achieved through a range of different literacy skills. 

Please read this page to find about how we teach these skills to our children. 

  • How is Reading Taught at Key Stage Two?

    Throughout Key Stage Two, we ensure that we assess our pupils reading so we understand both their reading ability and their comprehension understanding. By regular assessment, we can ensure that we are pitching the correct texts to our pupils so that they make the necessary progress. We deliver our Comprehension through VIPERS reading question stems. VIPERS are the question stems that we use to ask questions to the pupils based on differing texts and help draw the necessary information from the children. 
    V - Vocabulary; These questions relate to any vocabulary in a text the children are reading 

    I - Inference; These questions are the most challenging. These questions make the children think about the text and make children look for the 'hidden meanings' 

    P - Preductions; These questions ask the children to make a prediction based on what they have read in a novel 

    E - Explaination'; Children must explain a certain aspect of the text. This is often backed up with evidence from the text. 

    R - Retrieval; Children need to look for the answer from the text. The answers for these are often the factual aspects of a text.

    S - Summarise; Children need to give an overview of what they have read. 

  • How is Writing taught?

    At Clough Head, we use a text based curriculum to stimulate writing. High quality texts are used in literacy lessons and from these texts, staff plan a series of lessons around writing. These lessons are a build up of skills which lead to a 'Big Write'. This Big Write is assessed and pupil work is placed in their bespoke writing portfolio. Staff ensure that all writing genres are covered over the year and we ensure that we provide writing opportunities throughout all subject areas. 

  • What about SPAG?

    SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) is taught through small, sharp lessons with a small focus. These skills are taught seperately to writing lessons but there is an expectation that children use these skills within their writing work. Staff teaching spelling by testing children on the National Curriculum Spelling lists and provide activities that support children in learning these spelling patterns. 

  • Find out more

    If you wish to find out more about how literacy is taught, please ask to speak to your child's class teacher. Alternatively, please e-mail our Federation Literacy Co-Ordinator, Katie Wood, via office.cloughhead@kirkleeseducation.uk. 

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