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It's our final Masked Reader for with Mr Girvan, Mrs Turner, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Case! https://t.co/Za1lTHrtY3

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It's ! Who were today's Masked Readers?? Mrs Egan, Mrs Luscombe and Mrs Lincoln! https://t.co/t9POTLbcY9

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The Masked Reader continued today with Mrs Watson, Miss DeFriend and Mr Vullo! https://t.co/k1Tc7crYRH

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The Masked Reader continued today with Mrs Gee, Miss Thomas and Miss Smith! https://t.co/h4oc8oKNmZ

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Today saw Heat 1 of The Masked Reader! Mrs Lockett, Mrs Exley and Miss Hazel were all unmasked. Stay tuned for more... https://t.co/n4xB0jybUB

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Children working remotely from home have been taught how to stay safe while online. Roydon Primary Academy used to explore the reliability of content on the web. https://t.co/Rpsb2fri93 https://t.co/kQOcGd9LyJ


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If your child is due to start primary school in September 2021 don’t forget to submit your application by Friday 15th January. https://t.co/wYTJX2bVQh https://t.co/RHcQCJ9fbv

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BMAT are recruiting a new team to support the mass testing for COVID19 across our secondary schools in Newham (London), Harlow & Epping (Essex) and Stansted (Essex). Full details and application info: https://t.co/GJjumrMOBP https://t.co/l1QBVVnarb

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Avengers assembled to battle against Covid-19 in a modern nativity play. Pupils and parents at Roydon Primary came together to produce a unique show. https://t.co/0F3OXPfAvF https://t.co/2O78rXUbB5

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Families showed their gratitude to their child’s teachers by supporting a local charity. Reception teachers at Roydon Primary Academy suggested parents donate the money they would normally spend on gifts for them to . https://t.co/Vqz3qWy3f6 https://t.co/XFz4zoeHI1

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A great dash by all, thank you for organising Mrs Luscombe! https://t.co/Sp7nfPUt5s

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Last but not least, completed the 🎅🏼 https://t.co/1nQ7fvLbjw

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Year 6 taking on the challenge https://t.co/pZstiM626V

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Rabbit Class have successfully completed their Well done 🎅🏼 https://t.co/0ogkmq5iQs

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Year 2’s turn to complete the Santa Dash! 🎅🏼 https://t.co/DR1jYAI5Lr

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At Roydon, we aim to develop the reading skills of every child in order to be confident, fluent and independent readers whilst fostering a life-long love of reading. We inspire a love of reading through encouraging reading for pleasure and providing the children with plentiful opportunities to read. We also ensure they have contact with a range of relevant books including more challenging texts for our more able pupils.In order to achieve this, we teach reading using a systematic approach – phonics.

Teaching Reading at Roydon and Reading at Home


In KS1, children are heard read at least twice a week by an adult. This is recorded in their reading records and on individual reading records to track progress. Teachers use their professional judgement to ensure that children are reading books suitable to their level. The books provided for the Key Stage 1 children have been carefully levelled to ensure that they are the right level for your child.

As a school, we encourage children to read as much as possible at home, and when they do this, for it to be recorded in their reading records by the adult that has heard them read. The more reading that a child does, the greater progress they make as they move through the school.



In Key Stage 2, the way in which reading is taught differs as there is now a bigger emphasis on comprehension rather than word reading.

Children will be heard read by an adult at least once a week in a small group situation. They will then work in a carousel of activities with the focus on a particular skill. Progress will be tracked by the class teacher using individual target sheets.

Children are still expected to read at home and to record these reading sessions in their reading records.  If they have read with an adult, then the adult can record this information, however as they move through KS2 and become more independent readers, then they can record their own reading and write their own comments.


Reading Curriculum

At Roydon, we have an English curriculum which really teaches children to appreciate and understand various texts. This includes knowing the author’s intention, understanding structure and increasing language and vocabulary. Each genre across all Year Groups is taught using a different style of text – some by well-known authors and others through the topic.

Each class will also have a class book which is read together regularly as a class. These books are shared, discussed and enjoyed by the children. These books are high quality and provide children with a chance to enjoy reading and stimulate discussion.


Book Corners

Each classroom has an enticing and engaging reading corner where there is a variety of texts available for the children to choose from and enjoy. This area provides children with a pleasant area to sit and read.


Useful Websites to Support Reading


For parent guidance on supporting your child’s reading try these websites…







For fun games and activities for your child try these websites…. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/   



Writing at Roydon

At Roydon, we teach writing in two parts:

·         Transcription (spelling and handwriting).

·         Composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)

We aim to improve the children’s skills and confidence in these two areas.




Spelling is an important part of the National Curriculum and so it taught across the school.


EYFS and KS1

Spelling is taught through the Assertive Mentoring programme. They are taught a spelling rule each week and learn words related to that rule. These are sent home to learn, then the children are tested weekly on these.



In KS2, spelling rules are taught also through the Assertive Mentoring programme. Each week, children learn a different spelling rule and learn words related to that rule. These are sent home weekly for homework. KS2 spellings are tested on a regular cycle of approximately 5 weeks. This is so the children can retain the spelling rule and apply it over time.

Topic words are sent home at the beginning of each term related to the topic.



At Roydon, we teach cursive handwriting from Year 1. This is so that children can join legibly and fluently.  Weekly handwriting practice takes place across the school and is taught explicitly. Children have to demonstrate fluent, legible and joined handwriting, then they earn their pen licence.



At Roydon, we use Talk for Writing to ensure that children are exposed to a range of genres and to ensure that they have a firm grasp on how to write well in all genres. Talk for Writing is used across the school from Reception to Year 6 and enables children to focus on a particular text type.


Big Write

Big Write takes place once a fortnight and is an opportunity for children to write at length. Targets for writing are given following this writing so that children know the next steps to take with their learning.



Grammar is taught across the school where the correct terminology is used and follows the expectations of the National Curriculum. Grammar is taught in context along with the text type or it is taught as stand-alone lessons. This is particularly true for Upper KS2.

Useful Websites to Support English









If you have any questions relating to Literacy please feel free to contact Literacy leader Miss Spring or Head of School Mrs Myatt



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