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Pontefract Academies Trust


Reading and Phonics

At Halfpenny Lane, we highly value fostering a love of reading in our children. We want our children to enjoy reading for pleasure as well as developing the skills they need to be confident and reflective readers.

In Nursery, Early Years and Key Stage 1, we place a high emphasis on developing the phonics skills the children will need to develop their early reading skills. We follow the highly recommended Ruth Miskin ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics scheme to develop our children at the phase they are working at.  We use a range of texts, games, interactive resources, and teaching tools to engage, stimulate and support children at each phase.

Key Stage 1 and 2 have daily guided reading sessions in class to further develop children’s reading skills in small groups. We look for clues in books we read, ask and answer questions about the information and consolidate our knowledge and understanding of different types of texts.

We highly value our children having reading books that not only interest and inspire them but are closely suited to the reading ability of the child. We have an extensive KS2 library of Accelerated Reader books that children can use to select their own book at the right level for them. Once a child has finished reading their Accelerated Reader book, they can take an online quiz linked to that book to check their understanding. We encourage children to read at least 5 times a week at home and many achieve certificates and prizes for their efforts and progress.


At Halfpenny Lane, we aim to inspire our children to become creative and enthusiastic writers and we set high expectations of the writing our children can produce. Throughout school we promote the drafting and editing process so that children become independent writers who can improve their writing to make their final draft the best it can be. Our children are taught to be reflective writers who can work collaboratively to identify their strengths and areas to develop further.  We aim for our children to be proud of their finished pieces of writing so we display work throughout school for the children to share with family and visitors.

Exciting and stimulating lessons are highly valued at Halfpenny Lane and teachers find new and interesting ways of engaging our young writers. We use drama activities, video clips, interactive resources and visitors to inspire our children to write for different purposes.