supporting your child with literacy...

At Alford Primary School we are committed to working in close partnership with our parents and carers. Our key aim is to build a strong partnership between staff and parents and carers because we know how important this is in helping children to achieve and enjoy learning. We hope that the information on this page will help you to understand our approach to writing, phonics and reading, and give you ideas for how you can help at home.

Don't forget to check out our Class Pages for the latest information about what the children are learning in School!

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Long term Plans

To view our English long term planning please click on the link below:

English Long Term Planning Overview



Handwriting has been a key priority for our School during the last two years. We are delighted that this focus has had such a positive impact , with most of our children forming their letters correctly at Key Stage One, and using a fluent joined handwriting style in Key Stage Two.

We teach children handwriting as a separate lesson at least three times a week. We believe that getting the right habits established early is a key to future success and we work hard to ensure that parents of the youngest children in School are informed about how we teach letter formation. We teach handwriting using the cursive style of handwriting and use the 'Nelson' form of joined script. Please click here to see the correct letter formation and joined handwriting sheets.

Handwriting is a fine motor skill which is developed progressively through School. Handwriting ties in very closely with Spelling. It is partly the memory of moving the pencil or pen to make words that helps make for accurate spelling.


At Alford Primary School we use the Government published systematic phonics programme called Letters and Sounds alongside resources from the 'Jolly Phonics' and 'Read, Write, Inc' programmes which support us in providing a multi-sensory approach to learning phonics. Children are taught within the phase that is appropriate to their level of development. For more information about phonics, including a video of how to pronounce the phonemes (sounds), please click on the links below...

For a video which shows the pronunciation of each of the phonemes (sounds) in the English language please click here. These 'pure' sounds help the children to blend and segment - to read and write.

Click here for our recommended online Interactive Phonics Games.


Spelling has been a focus for School Improvement over recent years. We are continuing to make it a priority this year.

Spelling is taught discretely and children who experience difficulties in this area receive interventions delivered by Teaching Assistants and, in some cases, by Sue Northern who is our Specialist Teacher for children with additional needs.

It is expected that children complete their spelling homework and they are tested on these each week.


Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it is the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education.

At Alford Primary School we aim to not only teach our children to read, but to foster a love of books and reading that will remain with our children for the rest of their lives.

Resourcing for reading, is always a top priority for the School. We use a range of reading schemes including, Big Cat, Pearson, Oxford Reading Tree and Read, Write Inc. We have recently supplemented our reading resources to ensure that we have a range of interesting and engaging texts for each Year group that support phonic development for all ability groups. As children gain the skill of decoding and begin to read fluently, we make sure we deepen their understanding by questioning and working on children's comprehension skills. Each classroom has a range of 'real' books as well as access to our reading schemes.

Alford Primary values support from members of the local community. Our Reading Partners scheme trains parents and community members to read with children, from which they quickly build a relationship that has a positive impact through the fun and worthwhile experience of sharing a book together. Any parent that wishes to be involved should contact the School.

Click here for a link to the Oxford Owl website, which is a free website built to support you with your child's learning. You'll find age-specific reading and maths tips and activities, eBooks, and lots of fun ideas to really bring your child's learning to life. You will also find support and advice on a range of questions you may have - including helping your child with their phonics, motivating boys to read and ensuring your child is doing their best.