All Staff at Norwood have a strong commitment to helping all children succeed whatever their background or abilities. We aim for all children to become confident, critical readers and writers who have the capacity to express themselves through a variety of different literary activities.

Literate children should:

  • Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding;
  • Be able to orchestrate a full range of reading cues (phonic, graphic, syntactic, contextual) to monitor their reading and correct their own mistakes;
  • Understand the sound and spelling system and use this to read and spell accurately;
  • Have fluent and legible handwriting;
  • Have an interest in words and their meanings and a growing vocabulary;
  • Know, understand and be able to write in a range of genres in fiction, non-fiction and poetry;
  • Understand and be familiar with some of the ways in which narratives are structured through basic literary ideas of setting, character and plot;
  • Plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing;
  • Have a suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their reading and writing;
  • Be interested in books, read with enjoyment, evaluate and justify their preferences;
  • Develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical thinking through a range of speaking, reading and writing activities;
  • Develop skills in listening.

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