St Alban's Catholic Primary School

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Literacy Tree

Literacy Tree is a complete, book-based platform that covers all requirements of the Primary English curriculum. It is adapted by KS2 staff to suit the needs of our school and children. 

The books we choose help children to grow ideas and expand their minds. We only choose significant and important children's literature to create our book-based resources.

It starts at the roots. We use book-based planning sequences, Writing Roots, which embed complete curriculum coverage and engage children to write with clear audience and purpose. Our Teach Through a Text pedagogy is the backbone of each sequence. We complement this with a clear sequence for teaching spelling through the Read Write Inc spelling programme. 


We grow literary knowledge through Literary LeavesWe provide a range of sequenced activities that take children through whole books to teach reading comprehension and create critical readers. Literary Leaves use novels, poetry collections and high-quality, non-fiction books that connect to the Writing Roots through Literary Themes.

We begin the year with a Whole School Writing Root, and this helps us connect as a school community and share a common theme. 

Literary Themes are the tree canopy; providing an overarching structure that allows children to make deeper connections through subjects and themes. These appear on the Curriculum Maps for each year group. Progression Maps for each year group ensure a clear sequencing of lessons and that new learning builds effectively on prior learning, and that children can develop strong understanding and knowledge. Teachers use these Progression Maps to ensure that children's knowledge and skills are built upon secure foundation. 


As a Literacy Tree School we are part of an ever-growing forest – the network of schools – with access to Subject Leader and Teacher Toolkits, offers a range of free training and support and the Literacy Tree app helps to reduce teacher workload.