Pupils learn in small groups. Mornings begin with Phonics. Many pupils have benefited from the introduction of Visual Phonics by Hand© which was developed at Longwill School in Birmingham and supports the teaching of Phonics to give greater access to deaf children. Using the two-handed finger-spelling alphabet as a starting point, it capitalises on the ability many young deaf children have. It offers a quick tool to show the phonemes in English speech and spelling.

Every primary classroom has a reading corner and reading is encouraged throughout the school. All pupils have access to an online reading scheme “BUG CLUB” which is accessible at home and school.

Literacy is taught in accordance with the National Curriculum. Progress is carefully monitored. Parents are welcome to arrange to meet staff and discuss planning and assessments.



We direct extra resources and attention to initiatives which will specifically help our pupils to fully function with all practical aspects of reading and writing.

The SHAPE CODING™ System is used to support pupil’s literacy and is a system designed by Susan Ebbels to teach grammatical structures.  It has proved valuable as many of our pupils preferred language is BSL with its own syntactic structures.

We use Amazon Fire tablets in Key Stages 1 and 2 as a learning tool to help pupils’ language development. The use of tablets also supports home-school BSL communication and spelling homework.

Literacy and Phonics are closely supported by our Speech Therapists.