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Pontefract Academies Trust


English at De Lacy

At De Lacy we want to create confident, enthusiastic and reflective readers and writers. We hope our children will be proud of any finished work whilst being inspired to think deeply and creatively in order to discuss and improve their ideas, working alone or with others. We want the children to take ownership of their work and discuss its merits and how to make it even better.

Teachers at De Lacy want to inspire the children, hoping to support creative thinking through high expectations and by immersing the children with examples from the text type or genre being taught.

We promote the importance of reading throughout school, we aim to demonstrate our love for reading as adults whilst teaching the skills needed to get the most out of any book. We look for clues in books we read, ask and answer questions about the information and consolidate our knowledge.

We have high expectations for our young writers and aim to teach them the appropriate recognition, edit and reflection tools needed to improve a piece of work. After completing a cycle of learning, children complete an extended piece of writing. We then edit our writing, using self-reflection, peer and adult feedback to recognise our strengths and development points. This is then followed up by completing a final version which is then self and peer assessed. At De Lacy Primary school we want our children to praise and encourage each other, making useful suggestions to extend their learning.

Teachers inspire creativity, curiosity and imaginative thinking through interesting and engaging lessons. Our teachers use a range of tools to support individual learners needs such as word mats, pencil grips and control, dictionaries, interactive resources, talking tins, videos and computer technology. We hope to promote digital literacy through school giving children the opportunity to type up and present their ideas or research further into a topic or genre.   

Reading and Phonics

At De Lacy we place great value on teaching children the skills they need to read, understand and enjoy books, newspapers and other text types.

In Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 we use Phonics Play to promote and teach reading and spelling skills. This scheme follows the programme of study from Letters and Sounds. We use a range of games, interactive resources, and teaching tools to engage, stimulate and support learners at each phase.

We link our Guided Reading teaching to the phonics taught, and use a range of books including Floppy Phonics, Songbirds and Collins Big Cat, to ensure children are reading texts that are suitable for their ability. We like to expose the children to different text types and use online resources to share poetry, letters and other genres in group and whole class sessions.

We also use the online resources Phonics Bug and Bug Club to support reading at home, with books set for individual children by the class teacher.

In addition to this, for upper key stage 2 we are in the process of setting up Accelerated Reader, which tests and supports children’s comprehension skills, again with books pitched directly to their reading age.