At Lisburne School we deliver English daily throughout the school, following the EYFS curriculum, and National Curriculum, differentiated to the individual needs of the pupils.   We include a number of sensory strategies and real-life situations to give context to our lessons and we encourage child lead learning.

All classes cover reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will see some classes teaching reading through Sensory stories, a technique used by Flo Longhorn.

These sessions are made up of a series of sensory elements which cover auditory, visual, movement and smell stimuli. They all use repetition and simple language. Whilst many of our students may not have the cognitive ability to understand complex stories, these sessions offer the grounds to begin to develop an understanding and engagement with sequential elements.

We carefully monitor and track children’s progress to ensure appropriate levels of support and challenge.

This year our whole school focus is ‘Speaking and Listening’, we employ a number of different strategies designed to engage individuals and work closely with Speech and Language Therapists to develop expressive and receptive communication strategies throughout the school.

Over the course of the year we will hold 2 ‘Creative Writing Weeks’ during which time we encourage the children to look at specific books as an aid to scaffolding creative and engaging writing and mark-making.   We also use this time to further enhance Speaking and Listening through exciting vocabulary and unfamiliar contexts. 


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  • Phonics is a vital element to early reading and writing that also supports progression in receptive and expressive language so is a crucial foundation for all Literacy.
  • The Letters and Sounds Phonics scheme is followed throughout with each class adapting their phonics teaching to meet the needs of the individual children.
  • Where appropriate there is a sensory approach to recognise letters and their sounds, listening skills are developed throughout the Phase 1 activities and there is a Sound of the Week for the whole school to focus on working through Phase 2 and Phase 3.
  • The aim for this initiative is to ensure children are receiving phonics teaching which is appropriate to their ability and the skills that are taught in discrete phonics sessions can be applied in reading and writing across the curriculum.


We encourage all our children to read and we do this through a variety of ways at Lisburne.
Sensory stories are used through many of our classes – taking advice from Flo Longhorn and implementing stories which not only capture our childrens’ attention but allow them to explore objects though the five senses.
We use ‘book bands’ to monitor progress – ranging from pink pre-readers to magenta. We use Star reading books and Oxford Reading Tree allowing children of all ages and abilities to enjoy stories.

Useful Literacy Websites:

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm Very useful website about phonics which includes a parents section and lots of games too!

http://www.ictgames.co.uk/ A whole range of lovely interactive games for Primary aged children.

http://www.starfall.com/ For early years – American site so watch the accent but the children love it!

http://www.sebastianswan.org.uk/ Sebastian swan big books to share with the class, including some questions about the text (also available in French and Welsh!!!)

http://www.magickeys.com/books/index.html Scroll down the page for free online animated stories.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/index.shtml BBC website based on ‘letter and sounds’. Includes some great online games and activities – particularly the blending games.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/literacy.shtml The Primary Literacy zone from BBC schools.

http://www.seussville.com/ Games based on the stories

http://www.usborne-quicklinks.com/uk/uk_menu_areas_pages/reading_programme/reading_programme.asp?type=subject&menu=s115 Links for books on the Usbourne reading scheme but also helpful for topic work as it has good hyperlinks.