Literacy is an essential part of every child’s education and at Montgomery Primary Academy, we believe in striving for the best possible provision. Please read on to find out more about our Literacy curriculum. We regularly offer workshops throughout the year to support your child, so please ensure you sign up to attend.

Talk for Writing

We teach Literacy through Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. Talk for Writing is used to teach fiction, non-fiction and poetry through a multi-sensory approach. There are three main stages:
IMITATION – familiarisation
This involves retelling a story or text until it can be told fluently. It also involves analysing the text and understanding the structural and language features.
INNOVATION – adapting the text
This involves using the model from the ‘imitation’ phase and developing the text even further.
INDEPENDENT APPLICATION – creating your own text.
This involves building up a new story or text and applying the features taught throughout the unit to independent writing.
To support this we use a range of high quality texts linked closely to our ‘Connected Curriculum’ topics to engage all pupils and allow them to write for a purpose.

Spoken Language

Spoken Language is integrated throughout our curriculum. We place a high emphasis on learning vocabulary across the subject areas and weave in opportunities for application. We also link teaching closely to our ‘Talk for Writing’ units of work. This includes creating story maps, oral rehearsal of texts, drama, language games, sentence construction and grammar activities. Pupils also have the opportunity to attend after school clubs which have an emphasis on language in a range of contexts, including cookery, gardening and sports. 


Currently, we use the ‘Penpals’ scheme for handwriting. This will allow our pupils to develop a neat, joined script by the time they leave our school.


To develop decoding skills, pupils in Year 1 and the EYFS have the opportunity to read in small groups. There is a high focus on applying their phonic skills by reading a range of texts. 

We teach reading daily as a whole class across the school to develop a broad range of reading strategies and comprehension. This approach is part of an action research project for 2016-17, which aims to strengthen our practice in teaching reading. The project is evolving rapidly and pupils have already started to reap the benefits of reading high quality texts. 

Independent Reading

Every day, we have independent reading sessions for pupils across the school to develop their fluency and confidence in reading.
Pupils also have access to ‘Bug Club.’ This is an online resource that includes hundreds of finely levelled readers and eBooks which capture the imagination of young readers. Each child is given their own private homepage, where they can read the books allocated to them by their teacher. As they read, their comprehension is regularly assessed.


In teaching Phonics we use Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics and Phonics Bug to support pupils. Pupils are taught in a whole class context to ensure all pupils have access to quality first teaching. We also run 1:1 and small group interventions to ensure we tailor the curriculum to meet individual needs when appropriate.

Curriculum Coverage

3 Weeks: Fiction (Immersion/Imitation, Innovation, Independent application) 
2 Weeks: Non Fiction (Immersion/Imitation, Innovation, Independent application) 
1 Week: Poetry
Quest taleRecountPoems on a theme
Wishing taleExplanationClassic poetry performances
Lost/found/chased talePersuasionModern poetry performances
Defeat the villain/ monsterInstructionsRiddles/Humorous
Warning taleDiscussionNarrative poetry
Problem/resolution taleNon-chronological reportPerformance poetry