• Language

Northgate Primary School

Northgate Primary School



The main scheme used at Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2 is Oxford Reading Tree (ORT).  Other schemes such as Pearson Bug Club supplement the scheme.  After ORT the children use non-scheme library books.  An awareness of the need to provide multi-cultural books and books appealing to boys as well as girls is reflected in the books bought for the library.  Each classroom has a selection of age appropriate books which include fiction, non-fiction and poetry.


‘Letters and Sounds’ is taught at Foundation Stage and KS1, supplemented by Jolly Phonics.


No single scheme is followed for writing, grammar and punctuation and spelling.  Class teachers use a variety of sources and strategies including Talk for Writing and the Westover Green Spelling Scheme.

Spoken Language

Pupil presentations, poetry recitals and debate take place in classes, year groups and in whole school situations.  Talk Boost is used as an intervention programme at FS, KS1 and KS2 to support pupils who find spoken and written language challenging.