Corton Church of England Primary School

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Speaking and Listening

Speaking and Listening comes under four strands: Speaking; Listening; Group Discussion and Interaction, and Drama. These are fundamental to the whole curriculum. Teaching of speaking and listening will therefore enhance children’s learning and raise standards. Ultimately children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life.


The children follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme daily with Jolly Phonics’ actions and pictures to support this, which starts in EYFS (Starfish) and progresses through Key Stage 1, and lower Key Stage 2. In Upper Key Stage 2, children who still need to develop their phonic skills will be taught in small intervention groups.


At Corton Primary, the love of reading is nurtured and children develop as confident, competent readers. Children are encouraged to use our newly resourced school library, where they can access a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts by some of the newest authors. Teachers are responsible for the organisation of reading within their own classroom.

In Key Stage 1 and 2 children take part in group and guided reading every week and have their own reading books to practise their skills at home. Parents are encouraged to comment on progress and liaise with teacher via their child’s reading record. We encourage children to read, or share a book regularly at home, to further develop and consolidate skills learnt in school.


To find out more about the english which takes place in the different classes have a look at the curriculum maps for each class.