Primary Literacy

Our teaching goal is to inspire children in reading and writing and instill a genuine love of the written word.

Welcome to Primary Literacy

Welcome to the Primary Literacy page at St. Ignatius. Our teaching goal is to inspire children in reading and writing and instill a genuine love of the written word. The curriculum emphasizes rich language, diverse vocabulary and a broad range of texts. We provide a structured phonics and spelling program, aligned with the National Curriculum, strengthening connections between reading and writing skills. Students are equipped with the tools to become lifelong learners and proficient communicators, fostering a love for reading, discovery, and imagination.

Key Focus Areas:

  1. Reading
  • Phonics:
    • We follow a systematic phonics program based on Letters and Sounds, teaching foundational skills to decode and read words fluently. This is supported by Jolly Phonics and Big Cat Phonics
    • Regular assessments ensure individualised support for every student.
  • Comprehension:
    • Reading comprehension strategies are integrated across all year groups (vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval, summarise/sequence).
    • Varied texts expose students to different genres, fostering a deep understanding of content.
  • Reading for Pleasure:
    • Ignatius promotes a culture of reading for enjoyment, with dedicated time for independent reading and access to a diverse range of literature.


  1. Writing:
  • Talk for Writing Approach:
    • Our writing curriculum incorporates the innovative Talk for Writing methodology, emphasizing oral language development before written expression.
    • Students engage in storytelling, imitation, and innovation stages to internalize language structures and enhance creativity.
  • Genre-Based Approach:
    • Writing skills are honed through exposure to various genres, allowing students to explore different writing styles.
    • Creative writing, persuasive writing, and informational writing are integral components.
  • Grammar and Spelling:
    • Explicit teaching of grammar and spelling is interwoven into the Talk for Writing process as well as through phonics and spelling programs (supported by the Spelling Shed).
    • Students develop a solid understanding of language conventions through practical application.
  • Editing and Revision:
    • The Talk for Writing approach extends to editing and revision, empowering students to refine their work collaboratively.
  1. Oracy
  • Speaking and Listening Skills:
    • Opportunities for public speaking, presentations, and group discussions are integral to our Talk for Writing approach.
    • Real-world scenarios enhance effective oral communication skills.
  • Vocabulary Development:
    • A rich vocabulary is cultivated through explicit teaching and contextual learning within the Talk for Writing framework.
    • Cross-curricular connections ensure the application of vocabulary across subjects.

Our Literacy Curriculum at St. Ignatius is designed to empower students with the skills and knowledge necessary for effective communication, critical thinking, and a lifelong love of learning. By following the National Curriculum, we ensure a cohesive and enriching educational experience for all our students.