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The Parkgate Intent

  • We want all pupils at Parkgate Primary School to read easily, fluently, with good understanding and develop a love of reading.

  • We want all of our pupils to read widely and regularly both in school and outside for both pleasure and information.

  • We want our pupils to develop an appreciation of the breadth of literature written by English authors so that they develop an appreciation of our rich literary heritage.

  • We strive to ensure that all children acquire a wide and rich vocabulary, and understanding of grammar and an awareness of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.

  • We wish our pupils to write clearly and accurately across a range of genre for a variety of purposes and for different audiences.

  • We want our pupils to be able to discuss their learning and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.

  • We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and who can use discussion to communicate and further their learning.

  • We want our children to take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. 

  • We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and who can use discussion to communicate and further their learning.

  • We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.


The Parkgate Implementation



At Parkgate Primary School we absolutely love the teaching of writing and believe it is vital that children are fully engaged and invested by the writing opportunities that are presented to them. For that reason, we plan our English topics through rich and varied texts adopting a text based approach. 

Our aim is to equip all children, regardless of background or ability, with the skills and fluency necessary to become confident and adept readers and writers. We engage every pupil through extensive planning and appropriate challenge providing opportunities for every child to strive and reach their full potential through building on their knowledge, understanding and skills and then applying these skills across the curriculum. 


At Parkgate we strive towards an engaging and real-life curriculum which enables us to link subjects through topics and themes. This supports our aim of encouraging our children to apply their English skills across the curriculum and one way we successfully do this, is to organise and plan day trips, speakers, authors and workshops which will help our children to fully immerse in the topic and draw out skills and experiences which they can use in their writing. The teachers and I have worked hard to plan in suggested writing opportunities across the curriculum for each half term that relate specifically to the topics being taught. 


We also strive to enhance vocabulary across the curriculum. Within English, this is done through an integrated approach to reading and writing within all units of work. Vocabulary acquisition and understanding holds a very high profile in all of our classrooms, and staff model and present new vocabulary to children in all subjects and ensure new vocabulary is on display for each of the topics taught. 



At Parkgate, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is key for academic success and so to ensure we have a holistic approach to the teaching of reading, we implement the following.


  •  Children take part in Guided Reading lessons, where children are exposed to a range of different texts and can demonstrate their understanding and thinking behind these. We use a scheme called Reading Vipers which provides key questions that focus on each reading skill: Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieval and Summary. 

  •  We are very lucky to have a wide range of reading books in our school. All children from Nursery to Year 6 choose a reading book to take home and this reading book is changed weekly.

  •  Each classroom will have a selection of books in their classroom which are directly linked with the class topic. This offers opportunities for the children to apply their reading skills across the curriculum.

  •  Children are read to each day by their class teacher. This could be a book that the teacher recommends to the class or a recommendation from a child.

  •  Each classroom has a reading area that is filled with books suitable for their reading age. This is a comfortable place for children to read throughout the day.

  •  Children have the opportunity to take part in ‘Reading Buddies’, in which children mix with other children from different year groups and share a book together in our Reading Dens during break times.

  • Children are listened to by our Reading Rangers who are volunteers who come into school once a week for an afternoon. 

  •  Children who are not yet ‘free readers’, will work through our school reading scheme – these are levelled books which match the children’s current reading age. We expect families at home to read these books with their child daily and make comments in their child’s reading record.
    By the time children leave Parkgate they are competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres including poetry, and participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader.


At Parkgate, we use a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc is a method of learning letter sounds and blending them together to read and write words. As part of this, children have daily phonics sessions in small groups where they participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing needs. The teachers draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure children are stretched and challenged and to identify children who may need additional support. Children work through the different phases, learning and developing their phonics sounds and knowledge. Teachers also complete regular Read Write Inc. assessments and plot children onto a tracking grid, which ensures children are grouped appropriately in phonics.

The Parkgate Impact:

By the time children leave Parkgate Primary School they are competent, lifelong readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres including poetry and can confidently participate in discussions about books. 


Pupil voice across Parkgate has shown that children enjoy a text based approach because they love listening to stories and look forward to what book their teacher has chosen for the half term. They are particularly fond of books that link with other subjects and topics. Again, pupil voice for writing has been very positive due to the rich and varied texts chosen by teachers which often are led from children's interests and linking with the topics being taught.


Read Aloud Day

Year 4 Exploring Vocabulary

Year 6 Performing Macbeth

Some fabulous writing from our Year 5 children