Mallard Primary School

Approach to reading and writing


Our English curriculum is rich in the use of literature with all children given maximum opportunity to engage with high quality texts; developing their vocabulary and communication skills both orally and in writing.


Early reading is taught using the Read Write Inc programme to ensure that all children have a secure grasp of phonics and are accurate and fluent. From Y2, reading is taught using a reciprocal reading approach – which helps to develop predicting, questioning, clarifying and summarising skills. Early readers are given the opportunity to borrow high quality story books for sharing at home as well as opportunity to practise early reading skills at home. Fluent readers access the school library to broaden their reading through bronze, silver, gold and platinum challenges. Children are read to daily to promote the enjoyment and excitement of a good book.

Click here for link to Read Write Inc


Oral rehearsal and repetition are developed through the use of Talk for Writing enabling children to structure their writing effectively and pay close attention to sentence structure and punctuation. Purpose and audience are central to effective writing as children need to have a clear reason to write and someone to write for. Writing is developed through a process of: planning, drafting, sharing, evaluating, revising, editing and publishing. Grammar and punctuation are taught within the context of writing to enable children to understand the importance of communicating clearly with their reader.



For further guidance and help about reading and writing click on the links below.

Parent Guide

Cedar Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN4 9HU

Tel: 01302 859116