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Literacy is essential to all learning throughout the school, in all years and across all subject areas. At Saint Aidan's, we know that good literacy skills across the school curriculum enable students to communicate effectively.

They allow students to become more confident in their own abilities as learners and allow each child to develop their particular skills to the highest level possible.

We are firm believers in the fundamental principle that Literacy is the key to raising standards and improving learning. We aim to produce literate students who will emerge as confident and articulate communicators.

In this area you will find a range of resources and information that will enable you, as parents/carers, to support your child with their literacy. There are further resources available on Smoodle in the Literacy across the Curriculum area.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact


The BBC Skillswise website gives excellent information on practical literacy skills for adults: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english

Need help with spelling?

Useful advice and free worksheets to improve spelling for adults and children:



Need help with punctuation?

Download our helpful guide to the most common punctuation marks:

Punctuation Basics

Monthly Literacy Focus

Each month the whole school will focus upon a particular aspect of literacy skills. Each focus will be taught/revisited explicitly by the English Department at the beginning of each month with all year groups. A set of posters will be created to display in every teaching room linked to each monthly focus and a complete master set available on the school network for staff. Holiday patterns have been taken into account hence the consolidation months.



JuneParts of speech
JulyCapital letter/full stops
OctoberCommas and other punctuation
JanuaryApostrophes (omission/possession)
FebruarySentence structure and connectives
AprilVarying sentence openings

Month Focus June Parts of speech July Capital letter/full stops September Prefixes/suffixes October Commas and other punctuation November Paragraphs December Consolidation January Apostrophes (omission/possession) February Sentence structure and connectives March Homophones April Varying sentence openings May Synonyms

Marking of Literacy across the curriculum

Students will have work marked using the key below which you will also find in your son/daughter’s planner.






I should have started a new paragraph here.
SpSpellingI have made a spelling mistake. I need to look at the right spelling and learn it
PPunctuationI have made a mistake in punctuation, e.g. full stop, comma etc.
^MissingI have left something out
/SeperateI have joined together two words that should be separate
TTenseI have used the wrong tense
CpCapitalI have made a mistake using capital letters
GGrammarI have made a grammatical mistake (e.g. we was)
?UnclearWhat i have written does not make sense
WWWrong WordI have used the wrong word so need to use dictionary or thesaurus or check the homophone (e.g. hour/our)
ApApostropheI have missed out an apostrophe or used it incorrectly