Reading has an extremely high status at Betty Layward. We strongly believe that the ability to read is fundamental to pupils becoming lifelong, independent learners. Confidence and fluency in reading is the key to independent learning. Children are taught to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers. We love and value the pleasure that reading can bring. Children are exposed to a wide range of quality fiction and non-fiction texts to promote reading across the curriculum.
Writing is taught explicitly in daily English lessons and through other subjects. Children are encouraged to see writing as a means of purposeful communication and a powerful channel for self-expression. Children are taught handwriting, punctuation and spelling as set out by the National Curriculum. Phonics and spelling are taught through a structured programme.