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At St John's we teach phonics using the 'Little Wandle' scheme. Phonics is taught every day for 20 minutes, with a review session each week. 

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum, the Ofsted Deep Dive into reading and preparing your children to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check.

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At St John’s we aim to ensure pupils are given creative and engaging contexts to write within, encouraging them to become confident, fluent writers. They will write for a target audience with a purpose in mind. Our pupils will use high quality texts or digital literacy and there will be a balance between teaching the features of specific genres and covering the technical aspects of writing. Our pupils will view mistakes as learning opportunities and use them to edit and improve their writing.

We ensure that all children see themselves as a writer. We have recently introduced ‘The Write Stuff’ by Jane Considine from Reception through to Year 6 to bring clarity to the mechanics of writing.  It provides a clear system through which to focus attention and understand our writing intent. The combination of fiction and non-fiction units have been carefully selected to provide the children with the experience of a wide range of high-quality texts and digital literacy experiences.

Lessons follow a repeated pattern of ‘Initiate’, ‘Model’ and ‘Enable’ whereby they use the three zones of writing to provide a consistent whole school approach to writing carefully constructed sentences.

The Three Zones of Writing: The FANTASTICs (Ideas), The GRAMMARISTICs (Tools), and The BOOMTASTICs (Techniques) support children’s precision, grammar and poetic devices for writing.

Acquisition of language is an important part of our writing lessons and we aim to support children to widen their vocabulary through techniques such as ‘Picture Power’, ‘Shades of Meaning’ and by focussing on the sentences intent.


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