This is at the heart of everything that we do as reading is the key to unlock the potential of every child. Reading is taught through a consistent yet engaging approach, and our principal aim is to ensure that all children see reading not as a chore but something that is to be enjoyed.  We use a range of texts to enthuse children including classical novels, non-fiction books, poetry, plays and fictional stories which are all linked to topic learning.

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall.” – Roald Dahl


We inspire our children to write using a book-led curriculum and real-life experiences.  We aim to engage and stimulate all children to write through what they experience in school.  We believe that writing must allow children to use their imagination and engage with a range of genres.  It is also crucial that we teach children grammar concepts that enable them to become proficient and accurate writers providing them with life-long writing skills.  Our aim is for children to leave our school being passionate and confident writers.

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” – Stephen King


We have high expectation in phonics and follow the Letters and Sounds document.  We support our children to become fluent readers and skilled writers through our systematic consistent approach to teaching phonics. Phonics is taught daily and in a variety of ways, including high-quality modelling of sounding out, decoding, blending and segmenting. Our children enjoy applying the skills they learn through engaging, interactive resources and games where the children are given time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words.  We use the teach, practise, apply model through phonics teaching.


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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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