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Colham Manor

Primary School

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The Literacy Tree approach


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.



We are currently implementing Spelling Seeds to 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.



From September 2024, pupils will be exposed to Literary Leaves to support whole class reading sessions for Years 2 - 6.  Each Literary Leaf focuses on skills from the national curriculum, so that children have the opportunity to explore texts in depth and secure skills.