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Literacy

At St Luke's, we prioritise literacy across the curriculum through a range of targeted strategies and initiatives, including:

  • tailored phonics and spelling instruction using the Read, Write Inc. programme 
  • integration of comprehension exercises linked to topics of study
  • reading fluency approaches
  • completing reading logs through 1:1 and guided reading sessions
  • setting tasks through the Reading Eggs programme
  • explicit vocabulary teaching with keywords in every lesson
  • developing oracy through high-quality classroom talk
  • providing opportunities for writing across all units of study
  • modelling writing appropriate to learners' stage of development

Every learner receives the opportunity to read texts related thematically to topics of study. This approach is explicit in the Lower and Middle Schools where thematic curriculum approaches enable learners to immerse themselves fully in a topic. Upon entering the Upper School, learners make broad connections across a wider range of units of study.  An emphasis is placed on functional text types and skills, such as transactional or non-fiction writing.  At all stages, learners engage with literary heritage texts appropriate to their developmental phase.    

Across the School, there is an emphasis on fit-for-purpose assessment, such as:

  • StAPPS literacy assessments to monitor incremental progress and provide clear next steps
  • Star Reading - standardised tests to inform reading age
  • HAST2 and Vernon spelling tests 
  • independent writing tasks
  • Entry Level summative exams
  • speaking and listening certification 

 

REFERENCE for matching our phonics programme to the Reading Book band colours.

Read Write Inc. Stage

Reading Book Band Colour

Words

Letters and Sounds phase

Learning individual sounds and blending

Lilac

0

1

Pink

Under 25

2

Ditty

Red

25 – 45

3

Green

Yellow

80 – 120

3 / 4

Purple

Blue

100 – 200

4 / 5

Pink

Green

200 – 300

5

Orange

Orange

300 – 450

5 / 6

Yellow

Turquoise

450 – 600

6

Blue

Purple

600 – 850

6

Grey

Gold

850 – 1100

Year 2

 

White

1100 – 1500

Year 2

Lime

1500 – 2000

Year 2

Brown

Over 2000

Year 3

Grey

 

Year 4

Dark Blue

Year 5

Dark Red

Year 6

Black

Year 6 +