Literacy Toolbox

At ALNS we strive to develop confident users of language who develop communication skills across subjects and different contexts. The following principle underpins our literacy practice:

As a school we:

  • Model high-levels of literacy in our own speech and written word, using language and subject-specific language precisely
  • Know students’ KS2 English levels and ART standardised scores, which informs our differentiation within lessons
  • Read texts aloud in lessons, model reading and checking student understanding
  • Share key vocabulary and definitions orally at the beginning, during and at the end of units of work
  • Give students time to discuss ideas and develop responses
  • Use ABC to encourage exploratory talk
  • Develop students’ learning orally through targeted questioning
  • Read, share and deconstruct examples of text types prior to writing
  • Allow students to have access to the success criteria of a piece of writing
  • Use the literacy marking code to identify spelling and punctuation errors, allowing students time to self-correct.


Access to School Library Online

Students can now access the school library to view which books are available, reserve books (which will be handed to them during English lessons), take the AR quiz related to the book and write a book review.  Full instructions can be found here on how to access Reading Cloud:

How to access the school library online page 1

How to access the school library online page 2

How to access the school library online page 3


You cannot write it, if you cannot say it; you cannot say it, if you haven’t heard it.’ – Pie Corbett.