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The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum, and in our school at Tower Road Academy, is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. 

Please find the statements that underpin our teaching and learning of English alongside this document.

The following websites are helpful for both parents and children. They have a range of games, activities and resources that will help with supporting children's literacy learning.



At Tower Road Academy, our aim is for all children to develop a fluent, confident handwriting style. Handwriting is a key literacy component that needs to be taught actively.  Children's gross and fine motor skills develop at different rates and they will learn to form letters in a consistent way at their own speed.  

Once they have learned how to form the individual letters correctly and consistently, they then learn to join the letters and develop a cursive handwriting style.  Please see the examples of handwriting alongside this document.
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Reading is a vital skill for our young people to learn and one in which you, as parents/carers can play a key role.  Evidence shows that children who read regularly outside school make the fastest progress. We ask you to support your child’s learning by listening to him/her read regularly, preferably every day.

At Tower Road Academy, we provide a range of opportunities for children to learn to read and you will be able to see how your child progresses through each stage. They need to be able to read accurately and answer questions to show their understanding of a text and must do this before moving onto harder books. Of course, if you have any questions about your child’s reading, please do not hesitate to ask the class teacher who will be happy to speak with you.

All children are unique and learn to read at different rates so do not be concerned if your child remains on a particular stage for a while. It is best that they become fast and fluent readers at one level before moving to the next. They may bring home a familiar text more than once to re-read. Again, this develops reading fluency and comprehension. Please help your child’s learning by being enthusiastic about reading, especially in the early stages.  

Pupils study both fiction and non-fiction, as well as poetry and gradually gain awareness of different genres. The setting provides opportunities for discussion and learning from each other under the teacher’s skilled guidance.

Tower Road Academy is committed to making ‘Every Child a Reader’. This positive reading ethos includes a valued group of adult volunteers who come into school to listen to readers.  So, please support your children and us by listening to them read and talking about the books to develop comprehension. Sharing a book is a wonderful thing to do.