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At Norwich Road Academy, it is our mission to ensure every child develops an enjoyment of reading and writing and can employ a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and improve. It is important that a positive attitude is encouraged towards both subjects amongst all our pupils in order to foster self-confidence and a sense of achievement.  The Academy aims for every child to be confident in speaking, listening, reading and writing by the time they leave. It aims to encourage a lifelong love of literature.The school values are an integral part of every subject including English and are central to the Academy vision. Each value has its own place and can be linked to every aspect of the English curriculum, encouraging children to strive to do their best, build on their learning and leave the academy as confident young people.

At Norwich Road Academy, we aim to make all of our pupils ‘readers’. We aim to ensure a balanced mix of approaches to reading so that our pupils achieve the skills required, a positive attitude, confidence as well as interest and a life-long love of literature. We believe that the ability to read confidently, fluently and with understanding is an essential life skill, which will not only empower the individual to make sense of his or her world, but will also grant access to a vast realm of experience and knowledge that would otherwise remain out of reach.

Children are provided access to a wealth of high quality texts through their English lessons. There is a chosen high quality text for each half-term. For example, in Year 2 the children will read Aesop’s Fables, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, Louis Pasteur - Science Superstar, fairy tales and the information book Under The Sea. Year six will study texts such as A Midsummer Night's Dream, Pig Heart Boy and Goodnight Mister Tom.

At Norwich Road, we aim to develop pupils to become efficient and effective writers who are able to write appropriately for a variety of audiences. During their time at the academy, they will have opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to communicate effectively within a range of contexts and to develop a love of writing.

No Excuses

In order to improve the standard of writing at Norwich Road Academy each year group has their own  ‘No Excuses’ Statements (see below)  These statements are based upon skills that we expect the children to apply to their learning in every lesson. Including these statements will enable children to take responsibility for their own learning and improve their skills as learners. 

Our chosen accredited phonics scheme is Little Wandle Letters & Sounds. This link gives an introduction and resources which will help support your child saying their sounds and writing their letters: Little Wandle Letters & Sounds.