Language and Literacy

At Atam Academy we believe that language and literacy are the foundation stones of education, and every teacher at Atam Academy is a teacher of literacy. Consistent and explicit teaching of literacy across the school provides learners with the tools to access the curriculum, make good progress and achieve strong outcomes no matter their starting point.

Details regarding our approach to teaching the spoken language, writing and vocabulary can be found in our curriculum policy documents and subject overviews.


Reading at Atam

At Atam Academy teachers develop pupils’ reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge. Pupils are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and encouraged to read for pleasure. All pupils are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum and build upon what they already know. Reading gives all our pupils a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

Primary Reading

The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consists of two dimensions:

  • word reading
  • comprehension (both listening and reading)

In EYFS and early KS1, phonics is used in the teaching of reading to beginners. As the pupils develop their competency, they move through the Guided Reading and Read Write Inc programme. In later KS1 and KS2, pupils continue with Guided Reading which allows pupils to read an increasingly challenging range of books for pleasure in which children are exposed to high level vocabulary that they not usually encounter. Reading is supplemented throughout the primary phase with the online platform of Bug Club.

We utilise the Redbridge Book Service in providing topic boxes for each of our primary year groups. These boxes are selected to further develop the foundation curriculum subjects throughout the academic year.

Secondary Reading

Reading at key stage 3 is wide, varied and challenging. Pupils are expected to read whole books, to read in depth and to read for pleasure and information. 

Pupils whose reading development is more advanced are challenged through opportunities for increased breadth and depth in reading. Those who are less fluent consolidate their knowledge, understanding and skills, through additional practice. 

In addition to the English language and literature curriculum, reading of non-fiction texts is planned into the curriculum for all national curriculum subjects. Pupils in KS3 also participate in dedicated form-time reading, (reading the same texts aloud as a class) and have now got access to over 800 books, both fiction and non-fiction, in the school library, which they are able to borrow. Students have 50 minutes a week dedicated to library time in their English lessons, where they are able to read for pleasure, with books of their choice, guided by their class teacher when making this decision.  

Below you will find links to further information on our reading strategies at each key stage: