Please see the bottom of this page for full curriculum coverage from Nursery to Year 6 and all policies relating to the English curriculum.
Reading at Northcote
Reading is at the forefront of our curriculum and at the heart of everything we do at Northcote. From Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 6, we provide our children with daily opportunities to develop their word recognition, comprehension skills and, above all, their love for reading through our high quality Phonics, Guided Reading, Home Reading and English provision. We encourage our pupils to develop their knowledge of a broad variety of genres using high-quality texts as well as developing their own through use of story mapping, 'role on the wall' and performance.
Take a look at how we embrace all things 'reading' throughout our school...
Northcote Reading Approaches
From Phonics to Guided Reading, we adopt multiple strategies to develop our pupil's reading ability and love for literature. Click the link below to read more about our approach.
We use Letters and Sounds to teach Phonics at Northcote Primary School. We supplement it with the Jolly Phonics scheme. For Further information please look at the English Policy.
Meet Our Northcote Reading Champions!
Every class at Northcote has at least one Reading Champion who is responsible for:
Northcote Reading Buddies!
Our Reading Buddy system is a well-established practice at Northcote and is used to strengthen the bond between key stages, to promote confidence and competence and, above all, to promote a love of reading across the school.
Our Reading Buddy system involves:
KS2 Reading Champions pairing up with KS1 Reading Champions
Year 4 children pairing up with Year 2 children
Year 5 children pairing up with Year 1 children
Year 6 children pairing up with Reception children
Northcote Reading Pods
All classes in the school have dedicated Reading Pods which are stocked with age, ability
and interest-appropriate texts. Texts are reviewed and updated regularly in line with the pupils' interests. Here, the children are able to read for pleasure in a comfortable setting.
Welcome to Northcote Library!
Our school library is at the heart of the school building and is a hive of reading activity! It is well stocked with high-quality reading material which is regularly reviewed and updated. Our school library is used for independent reading, class reading activities such as Guided Reading, Reading events and much, much more.
Welcome to the Northcote Reading Hub!
Our Reading Champions have worked really hard to develop the Northcote Reading Hub on the school playground; designing, selecting reading material and creating the finished product! Here, the children can read a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction texts during their break and lunch times from our 'reading trolley' and as well as completing book reviews and other reading based activities. The reading books are chosen by representatives from each class and reviewed and updated regularly in line with the children's interests to promote reading for pleasure.
Northcote Reading Events
We love to celebrate our love for reading and our reading achievements here at Northcote and really enjoy opportunities to engage with different genres of literature and bring our favourite books to life. Our Reading Champions play a big role in helping to plan our reading events. Take a look at what we have been up to...
Training Opportunities for Parents
Looking for opportunities to volunteer or to train to support your child with reading? Check out the links below for more details.
Reading Events in the Community!
Take a look at what is going on in our local reading venues this term...
Home Reading Help!
At Northcote, we want your home reading experience to be an enjoyable one. Take a look at our Home Reading resources below for hints, tips and resources to help you make the most of your reading time at home.
Writing at Northcote
We develop our writing skills as we progress from mark making in the EYFS to using a range of sentences in KS1. We all use 'Alan Peat' sentences in our writing and posters are displayed in our classroom as prompts. Handwriting is a central focus within our school ensuring that children's writing is joined and cursive. We practise our handwriting weekly in dedicated sessions and apply those skills to our writing daily. We endeavour to embed cross curricular writing in all year groups and curriculum areas.