Saltdean Primary School

Primary School

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The curriculum fully supports the development of literacy as outlined in the National Curriculum.


Reading is the key to all learning. We strongly believe in building a partnership with parents/ carers to nurture and develop children as readers.

At school children do many types of reading:

  • Independent,
  • 1 to 1 in EYFS and Key stage 1
  • Shared reading
  • Guided/ whole class reading

Children explore a mixture of phonic books, ‘real’ books, topic books and reading schemes.

We use book bands and standardised tests to track children’s progress and ensure that the children are reading at an appropriate level.

Home Reading

EYFS and KS1

Each child brings home a phonically decodable book (matched to their current phonic level) to read to an adult at home alongside a book which they can share with an adult. From Turquoise upwards, children will bring home a book matched to their reading level alongside a book for an adult to share. They may also choose to bring a school library book home. 


Key Stage 2

Children are expected to read at home at least x4 a week and complete their Reading Diary. Pupils can borrow books from the school or class library as well as read books from home



Each class has a timetabled library slot every week for browsing, changing books and story time.

The library is also open to children on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes.



Our school teaches phonics through the Sounds Write Programme.

 ‘Sounds-Write is a quality first phonics programme. Its purpose is to provide classroom professionals with a comprehensive system with which to teach reading, spelling and writing. It is introduced in YR, taught in KS1 and fine-tuned throughout the rest of Key Stage 2. In addition, it also serves very successfully as an intervention or catch-up programme.’

More information about Sounds Write please look at their website.

Sounds Write offers a free online course for parents to ‘Help your child to read and write.’

'Help your child to read and write' is a free, online course. It's aimed specifically at parents and carers who are interested in putting their children on the first steps to literacy and it covers the first seven units of the Initial Code.

You can find the course by clicking on:



Children are provided with opportunities to write in all areas of the curriculum and these links are woven throughout year group topics. Speaking and listening are key skills that  are taught and developed throughout all areas of learning.

Grammar, Punctuation and spelling (GPS) and handwriting are taught explicitly, as well as being part of the everyday writing process.