Crab Lane Community Primary School

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14th October 19

Click on 'Roald Dahl 100' below to view Crab Lane's Roald Dahl Centenary celebrations.


Literacy - the skills of reading, writing and communicating - are at the heart of our curriculum. Children learn how to read and write in line with the National Curriculum 2014 and this is done in a range of interesting and inspiring ways.

All children have a daily spelling or phonics session, which is taught at a level appropriate to them. This gives all children the chance to learn to read and spell phonetically, before moving on to learning spelling patterns. We know that not all children learn to read and write at the same pace, so we have a one-to-one spelling intervention for some children called ‘Five Minute Box’. This allows children who are taking the first steps to reading and writing an opportunity to master the basics, before joining a phonics group.

5 Minute Box sessions

We follow the ‘read, write, inc.’ approach to phonics teaching, which uses images and stories to help children remember graphemes (the way sounds are written down). Here is an example and you will see it in your child’s Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classrooms.

Reception Alphabet Map


Alongside learning how to decode words and use spelling patterns, we know that children need to experience reading whole texts. In this way, children will have the chance to apply their decoding skills, while improving their comprehension: reading for meaning.

To support this, we offer children a daily reading session, which will include opportunities to engage with a text (both fiction and non-fiction), answer questions about it, respond to the text in creative ways and read with the teacher in a guided group.

Children also experience having stories read to them by adults and for many children, shared story time is the highlight of the day! Our main aim is to develop a love of books and a love of reading in all our children.

Year 1 Book Reviews

Reading our favourite books in the school library

This is why our school library is always buzzing with enthusiastic readers. We regularly update our stock and run two book fairs a year for children to buy books of their own. We want all children to value books and use them to become fluent readers themselves. This is why every child has a reading book to take home. Books are finely graded to match reading ability and are from a range of publishers. We feel that this provides children with the variety they need in their reading and does not limit them to one set of characters and settings. Finally, children have the chance to engage with a range of fiction and non-fiction through their literacy lessons and across the curriculum. For example, through Research Projects in history and geography, children will read about all sorts of things; volcanoes and earthquakes, rainforests, the Romans and the Egyptians.

Shared Story Time                                                                                Below - Text Map


We provide daily opportunities for children to learn how to spell. Beyond this, we know that children need to learn the skills of being a writer and to allow this to happen, we run daily literacy lessons. Children are introduced to texts – fiction and non-fiction – around all sorts of themes and ideas. Any text is appropriate (including photographs and video clips) as long as it does one job in particular: inspire children to write.

We know that children will produce their best work if they are motivated and this is why high quality texts run through our literacy curriculum. All children have writing targets which enable them to focus on particular writing skills they need to develop. The teaching of these skills is at the heart of each literacy unit, with short writing opportunities throughout, building up to a final piece of writing inspired by the text/s studied.

We follow ‘talk for writing’ as a planning model, which means children plan and rehearse their writing through pictures and images, embedding the structure of sentences before they attempt to write them for themselves.

Speaking and listening

Opportunities to express points of view, challenge the views of others, listen respectfully and attentively and speak in extended sentences run through our entire curriculum. We know that children need to be able to communicate with each other at all phases of their lives and learning these skills as soon as possible sets them up for a successful future.

In all subject areas, children are expected to justify and explain, reason and challenge. In addition, taking on the roles of imaginary characters or historical figures allows children to express themselves artistically. This is best displayed in the festival drama performance our Y5 and Y6 children undertake every year – it has to be seen to be believed!

MAEI  (Manchester Arts Education Initiative) performances at the Victoria Baths