At Falmouth Primary Academy we work hard to instil a joy of language into the hearts and minds of all our pupils. We have found that the teaching of writing works best when it is embedded in speaking, listening and reading activities and tailor a range of strategies including Talk for Writing and story maps to deliver a writing curriculum that is skills based but aimed at developing vocabulary, stimulating creativity and giving the children the building blocks that they need to be able to write with purpose and accuracy. Handwriting and spelling are taught daily and children can work towards earning a ‘pen licence’ when handwriting is consistent, joined and legible. We link writing closely to the class guided reading book and class topic to ensure immersion in language and examples of techniques used by real authors in real books for children to ‘magpie’ – children can record these in magpie books to allow the children to build up a bank over time. Children need to have exposure to a wide range of stories and genres of writing to develop a structure to build upon and add their own ideas. 


At the heart of our curriculum is the development of reading. At Falmouth Primary Academy we are passionate and committed to raising the profile and attainment of reading throughout the school. We aim for the children to develop a love for literature and value the importance of reading as a gateway to a wealth of knowledge about the world around them. As well as the teaching of reading through synthetic phonics, we aim to develop each child’s comprehension skills through daily whole class reading lessons centred round high quality texts which link to the class topic and also provide a stimulus for writing.  These lessons focus on developing vocabulary, applying reading strategies, generating discussion and careful questioning to enable children to infer and deduct information from the text. Throughout their time at school, all children will experience a range of quality texts, from both current and classic authors and have the joy of exploring them in shared reading experiences with their peers. Teachers read aloud to the children daily to further develop a love of reading. 

Children are able to take home a reading book that is well matched to their reading ability. Children can also choose a book from the school library weekly which they can either read themselves or share with an adult at home. 

All classrooms have enticing book corners that display a range of texts, as well as a selection of carefully chosen stories and non-fiction books relating to the topic being taught. The children are encouraged to communicate their opinions about books they have read through book reviews and by commenting in their Reading Diary which is shared with their parent or carer and their class teachers. 

Special events in school such as Poetry Week and World Book Day play an integral role in fostering a love of reading. Authors and storytellers visit the school, children take part in workshops at school and at local organisations, visit the local bookshop and library and children and staff dress up as their favourite book character.  




Below are different questions types that you could use at home to support your child’s reading