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Communications, Language and Literature

Communication, Language, and Literature is at the very foundation of our curriculum at Seymour Park Community Primary School and we believe it is the gateway to all learning.  


Right from their arrival until they leave Year 6, our children are immersed in literature, beginning with the reading and enjoyment of stories in Nursery, and progressing to deep questioning and study of texts in upper Key Stage 2.  Coupled with the consistent, daily teaching of phonics in Key Stage One, we ensure that children have the best possible start to their reading experience. 

Children study quality texts, from Roald Dahl to William Shakespeare, and the enthusiastic teaching that is at the heart of our English curriculum ensures that children at Seymour Park Community Primary School are exposed to a language-rich environment which encourages them to develop a love of reading and  creative writing, and to be confident speakers and listeners who are prepared for life in the 21st Century. 


From Nursery to Year 2, children will be taught phonics on a daily basis. Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases. Some children will continue with this programme in KS2. An overview of these phases is shown below.


Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One (Nursery/Reception)

Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks

Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks

The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks

No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

Phase Five (Throughout Year 1)

Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

Phase Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond)

Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.


Quality writing is prioritised at Seymour Park Community Primary School, and children are inspired to become confident independent writers in a variety of different genres, using Books as Hooks, where each half term, children are immersed in a specific text and use this to stimulate their writing.   


Modern Foreign Languages

Alongside this runs our program of Modern Foreign Languages.  All children from Year 3-6 study Spanish weekly, developing their appreciation for other languages in the future. Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. At Seymour Park, we aim to foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world through introducing pupils to another language in a way that is fun and engaging. 


English as an Additional Language 

Many of our children speak English as an additional language and are enabled through our teaching to access the curriculum as soon as possible, with support available from a specialist teacher where necessary.