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Stone St Mary's CE Primary School

Treat Others as you wish to be treated - Luke 6:31

Caring Growing Shining Together

Aletheia Academies Trust

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Writing is one of the fundamentals of life; without it, we wouldn’t have the knowledge and learning that is so abundant in our every day lives. Children at Stone St Mary’s are encouraged to develop and nurture a love for writing from a young age, and to let their individuality and creativity shine through in every piece of writing they do. We use the Talk 4 Writing approach to promote discussion and embedding of texts and create “life-long writers” who find joy in the writing process.

Action Plan for Writing 2021-2022

We have agreed a set of writing expectations for each year group. These were created to help our children know which features they should use in all writing. 


You may find these useful when supporting your child with their writing at home. Can they include each of these key features? 

Progression in Writing Workshop for Year R, 1 & 2

Writing in Year R

Writing in Year 1

Writing in Year 2


Reading is one of the most important life skills.  It promotes achievement and ensures access to the breadth of the curriculum.  We teach our pupils to extend their concepts and find information, helping them to learn more when reading. We aim to develop a varied diet of reading, improving focus, concentration and memory.  When reading, we  become immersed in stories, visualising imagery, opening our minds and opening doors to new and exciting worlds.  Books can take us to new places, describing events and people from the past.  This year we have focused upon expanding our vocabulary and language usage. We have investigated new words and the roots of similar words.  This allows us to subconsciously absorb information on sentence and language features therefore improving our writing skills.

Action plan for reading 2021 - 2022

Action plan for 'Building Reading Stamina', an intervention programme 2021 - 2022

The Stone Reading Toolkit

We have created the Stone Reading Toolkit so that children can focus upon specific reading skills.  This helps when reading to adults both individually and during guided reading sessions.

Parents and carers will find the questions and sentence stems useful when discussing and questioning children about their reading.

Reading for pleasure

At Stone St Mary's we celebrate reading successes each term by holding a 'Reading Cinema'. Three children from each class are invited to attend. They spend an afternoon enjoying a film with snacks provided as a reward for 'shining' in reading.

We are thrilled to have a newly refurbished library this year. Our librarians will be working hard to tidy and organise it.  They also arrange termly competitions with prizes for each key stage. 

We continue to encourage children to read regularly by taking part in our Buster Book Club reading challenge. This is a weekly competition whereby classes record their home reading each week and compete to win a trophy...and sometimes a prize too!

To encourage children to appreciate the arts and visual literacy we have organised trips to our local theatre to see productions linked to well known texts and even the ballet.  We are hoping that we will soon be able to arrange more of these events.

During book week we celebrate reading with author visits, workshops, competitions, dressing up on World Book Day and many other reading events.  This school year our Book Week will begin on Monday 28th February 2022.

We have also reopened and redesigned our 'book nooks'.  Children are choosing to sit and browse a range of books around the school again, which is lovely to see.  They are also enjoying reading during break and lunch times in our wonderful new reading sheds. Please ask your child to show you these fabulous new reading spaces next time you visit the school.


Our Reading Environment

Speaking and Listening

Spoken language is the key to life.

It is the key to everything when it comes to learning

from literacy to emotional and social development as well as future life chances. Here at Stone St Mary’s children will have many opportunities to become confident speakers and listeners. We provide a creative and engaging curriculum designed to inspire and enthuse our learners. We teach spoken language through drama activities. Here at Stone, children are taught to script and perform plays/stories using language and actions to express and convey situations, characters and emotions. Children are taught to be competent listeners through drama and are able to respond to their own and others’ performances, commenting constructively on dramatic effects, characterisation and overall impact.   

Speaking and listening through drama activities