Literacy at Stillness

The development of language and literacy is at the heart of everything we do at Stillness Juniors. We want our children to leave primary school as confident and skilled readers, writers, listeners and communicators. This starts in the infants and continues right the way through to Year 6.

A love of reading is encouraged and promoted throughout the school: every day, children are encouraged to visit the school library where they can enjoy books on their own, hear stories and participate in activities organised by the school librarian. All pupils have access to the school library which houses a whole range of fiction and non-fiction texts, which children can access throughout the day or borrow to take home once issued to their individual library login. There is a real emphasis on the children being exposed to good quality texts.

A love of reading is also fostered in activities and events such as World Book Day, author visits and ‘buddy reading’ where older children read with younger children.

Children at Stillness learn to read through whole class daily guided reading lessons which encompass all children’s needs and abilities.   During these lessons children discuss the text they are reading, practise inference and deduction skills and develop strategies for comprehension.  Reading skills are not taught in these lessons only, they are woven in all subjects of the curriculum as we believe that no opportunity for strengthening the breadth and depths of children’s vocabulary should be lost.

Writing is taught through Talk for Writing: an approach which develops speaking, listening, vocabulary and grammar as well as children’s creative writing skills. It is beginning to have a huge impact on our children’s literacy skills; their ability to be successful storytellers and the quality of their writing is developing because of it.  The method focuses on children learning quality texts off by heart so that rich language and structure is embedded and built upon in every year group. A range of fiction and non-fiction genres are taught throughout the year and writing toolkits are established so that children are aware of the features of different text types.

In a typical literacy lesson at Stillness you will see:

  • Actions to the text
  • Drama activities
  • Talking with partners
  • Editing work on whiteboards
  • Teacher modelling.

We are currently developing our teaching of spelling throughout the school and children are taught to spell through the use of a range of strategies.  We have a handwriting policy which is based on the cursive script. Once children have mastered the joins, handwriting is linked to spellings.


Whole School Reading Challenge:

Y3 Book List Reading Challenge.pdf

Y4 Book List Reading Challenge.pdf

Y5 Book List Reading Challenge.pdf

Y6 Book List Reading Challenge.pdf


Spellings for Spring Term (2) 2019

Year 3 Spellings - Spring Term 2.pdf

Year 4 Spellings - Spring Term 2.pdf

Year 5 Spellings - Spring Term 2.pdf

Year 6 Spellings - Spring Term 2.pdf


Spellings for Spring Term (1) 2019

Y3 Spellings - Spring Term 1.pdf

Y4 Spellings - Spring Term 1.pdf

Y5 Spellings - Spring Term 1.pdf

Y6 Spellings - Spring Term 1.pdf


Spellings for Autumn Term (2) 2018

Year 3 - Spellings.pdf

Year 4 - Spellings.pdf

Year 5 - Spellings.pdf

Year 6 - Spellings.pdf


Spellings for Autumn Term (1) 2018

Year 3 Spellings.pdf

Year 4 Spellings.pdf

Year 5 Spellings.pdf

Year 6 Spellings.pdf