Shadsworth Infant SchoolLearning, Sharing and Caring


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At Shadsworth Infant School we aim to give our pupils a high quality English curriculum that will give them a foundation to speak, read and write fluently. We are committed to ensuring our pupils become enthusiastic and confident readers who read widely and often, for both pleasure and information. We are committed to raising phonics screening outcomes in year 1. We want our children to be successful readers by the time they leave our school and research shows that when phonics is taught in a consistent, systematic way it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. We believe that confident speakers become confident writers and therefore place a big emphasis on developing oracy skills not just within English but across the curriculum. 



At Shadsworth Infant School we follow the Letters and Sounds Framework. Children progress through each of the phonic phases from phase 1 to phase 6. Phonics is taught for at least 20-30 minutes daily.  Children are streamed across the year group so that the sessions are pitched appropriately for each ability. Each lesson follows a clear sequence; Introduction, Revisit/ Review, Teach, Practise, Apply, Assess. Repetition of the sounds helps them to become embedded.



At Shadsworth Infant School we use the Jelly and Bean and Songbirds reading schemes. 


High priority is given to reading throughout school. Reading is taught through:


  • Whole class reading that develops listening skills, a love of story and reading for pleasure. This is teacher led reading with children listening and responding to questions, predictions and vocabulary choices as appropriate to the level of the children.
  • Guided reading that targets children’s reading skills. Guided Reading is timetabled daily; once a week with a teacher and once with a teaching assistant. Pre and post reading tasks are used to secure understanding of a text. Books used for guided reading are book banded to ensure children are reading appropriately levelled texts.
  • Comprehension In reception and year 1 comprehension skills are developed through questioning and oral responses to a text. At the end of year 1 and throughout year 2 written comprehension lessons are taught weekly.




At Shadsworth Infant School we believe that writing activities should be enjoyable, purposeful and creative. Children are taught through the Pie Corbett Talk4Writing – Imitate, Innovate and Invent sequence.



Speaking & Listening


Speaking and listening is incorporated into all areas of the curriculum. Teachers provide children with a range of purposeful opportunities through play, drama and discussion (e.g. hot seating, freeze frames, puppets, debates) to apply their speaking and listening skills. Adults act as good role models within the classroom using complete sentences and Standard English.



Oracy has always been at the forefront of our school improvement plan. We know language development is an area of key importance to our children here at Shadsworth Infant School . We use this as our driving force to improve pupil's spoken language and vocabulary which has a positive impact on all wider subjects. and as such, a fundamental key to achieve success!