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Colham Manor

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The Literacy Tree - A holistic approach to the English curriculum


The Literacy Tree is an engaging and inspirational text-based approach to teaching the English curriculum. At Colham Manor, we have carefully selected a wide range of books that reflect our wider curriculum and cohort of pupils so that learning is thematic, relevant and impactful.



Writing Roots are sequences of detailed lessons which are based on a wide range of high quality and significant children's literature chosen to engage, challenge and support children to be critical readers and confident and informed writers. All National Curriculum requirements of grammar, spelling, vocabulary, literary language and composition are embedded leading towards a variety of purposeful and exciting shorter, longer and extended writing outcomes where the audience and purpose is clear.



Spelling Seeds complement Writing Roots by providing contextualised sequences of sessions for the teaching of spelling that include open-ended investigations and opportunities to practise and apply within meaningful and purposeful contexts, linked (where relevant) to other areas of the curriculum.



In addition to the whole-class reading text, pupils are exposed to Literary Leaves which are book-based comprehension resources for Y2-Y6 which are used as whole-class reading sessions when pupils progress beyond the RWInc. phonics programme. Each Literary Leaf focuses on skills from the Programme of Study, so that children have the opportunity to secure them deeply. In many cases the same question stem is repeated to ensure teachers can model how to answer questions, before the children apply it themselves.