Many of our flagship schools have had Ofsted Inspections or Local Authority Reviews where nice things have been said about the work we have done through consultancy or insets or how the Literary Curriculum has been implemented to support Reading and Writing outcomes. They will happily talk to you about the impact they feel this has had on:
Here are some quotes that we feel capture the points above from recent inspections of schools who have fully implemented the Literary Curriculum.
The school’s investment in reading has been the catalyst for raising standards in writing. Every class works from a core text on a three-weekly cycle. Each text is carefully chosen to develop pupils’ imagination, vocabulary, language structure and a love of reading. Where possible, careful links are made to the wider curriculum so that pupils apply their reading skills to writing in a range of contexts.
Teachers choose texts which challenge pupils of all abilities.
Curriculum innovations are having an impact on outcomes for pupils, particularly in the progress they now make in writing.
Teachers select books carefully in every class to help disadvantaged pupils improve their reading and comprehension skills. As a result, the teaching of writing is now matched more precisely to what pupils need to learn next.
The teaching of writing is enabling teachers to weave the teaching of spelling and grammar into the unit of learning. The impact of spelling and grammar activities can be seen in the way pupils are now using their newly acquired skills in subsequent pieces of work.
Pupils study challenging and exciting texts which spark their imagination and curiosity. Pupils are confident readers and demonstrate a secure understanding of punctuation and a rich, wide-ranging vocabulary.
Pupils are given many opportunities to write at length and for different purposes.
Pupils are extremely proud of their achievements, and eager to share their thinking and ideas. This confidence is evident in their writing.
High-quality texts are used as a springboard for learning across the curriculum and this motivates pupils to learn.
Children learn to be creative because of the wide range of interesting activities available. The activities are linked, where possible, to a book, which helps children to engage with their learning more effectively and extends their knowledge and understanding of the world.
We are also very excited about schools who are using the Literary Curriculum who get back in touch to tell us how they are getting on. Here are a few quotes –
The impact The Literacy Tree are having on both Reading and Writing at my school is terrific. Standards are improving dramatically and quickly; the children are buzzing about the writing they do and the books they are reading.
We love the Literary Curriculum style of English teaching and it is now truly embedded in our practice. We use their embedded approach for our English lessons. It has had a tremendous impact on English teaching and learning in our school.
After just one year of using the Literary Curriculum the standards of writing in our school are exceptional. Children are captivated by the high quality texts, innovative ways of learning language and thought provoking subject matter. The planning sequences have given them the confidence to aim high and expect to be impressed!
Using The Literary Curriculum has transformed English across our school. Children's writing has become so much more creative, purposeful, independent and of high quality. The variety of texts available have left our children and staff enthused - couldn't recommend it more highly.
Love the Literacy Tree! Great, well chosen books that create immersive learning whilst embedding SPaG and creating wonderful outcomes. The children I've taught through this have become engaged readers and have developed a passion for reading and writing #immersivelearning
We are loving @theliteracytree in Parrot Class. I am amazed at the improvements that can be seen already! We started our genre by reading The Hidden Forest by Jeannie Baker. We have now created a persuasive text all about the disappearing sea kelp. #futurewriters #progress
It starts with a simple text choice... but add in a sprinkle of passion, a drop of inspiration and a drizzle of enthusiasm and creative young writers are born.
Our GSP and writing scores were fantastic this year due to all the Literacy Tree planning sequences we follow. We were 93% Expected and 53% Greater Depth when 2 years ago we were 65% expected.
Our English curriculum is transformed! Our pupils are exposed to quality texts every day and we get excited by the new planning sequences and texts we can expose them to.
We have thoroughly enjoyed working with The Literacy Tree. Their personalised approach, catering for the needs of the school, allowed us to effectively gain a deeper understanding of teaching reading.