Ashbourne Hilltop
Primary and Nursery School

with ERS Provision

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Literacy covers speaking and listening and reading and writing. Literacy in the Early Years is particularly important for children as it gives them a head start in learning these essential life skills that they will use on a daily basis. 

Within the EYFS they are able to access a range of text (fiction, non-fiction, comics etc) freely in a cosy, quiet book corner amongst soft toys and cushions.

We also follow the Talk 4 Writing approach where the group enjoy creating memorable, meaningful story maps with actions. 

The group take part in guided reading sessions on a Wednesday morning and structured handwriting sessions (Write Well) on a Friday morning. As well, as independent reading at least twice a week from the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme. Sound cards and tricky words are shared in line with the DfES Letters and Sounds programme. 

Daily streamlined Jolly Phonics sessions are undergone to help improve children's vocabulary, reading comprehension and decoding skills. 

At Hilltop we encourage the children to access early writing opportunities through:

  • Playdough
  • Lacing thread
  • Scissor practise  
  • Writing lists 
  • Whiteboards 
  • Finger gym activities 
  • Tweezers/pegs 
  • Shaving foam



The group are motivated by the Rainbow of Reading Challenge! 

A tiered pyramid and words of the week are used to widen the groups vocabulary.