Literacy and Phonics

Phonics and Reading

Our pupils learn to read and write using the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme.

Pupils begin the programme in the Spring term of Nursery, then the programme is taught in small groups with:

  • All pupils in Year R and Year 1
  • Any pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4 who are learning to read.

We assess and group pupils according to their progress in reading. In their groups, pupils:

  • learn to read and write sounds
  • read and spell words containing the sounds they have learnt
  • read common exception words speedily
  • read fiction and non-fiction books which closely match their phonic knowledge
  • write about what they have read
  • practise letter formation and handwriting.

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Pupils in Year 2 to Year 6 who are reading both accurately and fluently are taught reading in their class groups. Teachers draw upon a variety of age appropriate high-quality poetry, fiction books and non-fiction texts from the following programmes: Success For All (SFA), Wordsmith and Bug Club.

In every reading lesson, pupils:

  • learn new vocabulary and are provided with relevant background knowledge
  • develop a deep understanding of what they read through a layered approach to reading
  • make connections between texts and their own experiences.
  • discuss the text and answer questions ensuring pupils can infer, summarise, question, clarify, predict and argue a point of view.
  • read and re-read the text to develop fluency

A programme called Accelerated Reader is also used in Year 4 to Year 6 to track each pupil’s independent reading. The programme sets targets for pupils to work towards and ensures pupils choose books with an appropriate level of challenge. After a pupil finishes a book they take a computerised comprehension test. We hold regular assemblies to share targets achieved and celebrate children’s reading.



Pupil’s learn to write confidently by building upon a poem, story or non-fiction text they have been reading in class. Often extended writing is also linked to topics studied across the curriculum.

In KS1 we encourage pupils to compose sentences aloud until they are confident to write independently. In KS2 the entire writing process is followed by the pupils from planning, drafting and writing to evaluating, editing and proofreading.


Spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting

Spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting are taught in both explicit lessons as well in meaningful contexts across the curriculum.

We use the Read Write Inc. Spelling programme to explicitly teach spelling to pupils in Year 2 to Year 6. Read Write Inc. Spelling introduces spelling rules through an online spelling planet and then pupils complete quick-fire activities with a partner. Progress is tracked through weekly teacher assessment and half-termly practice tests.

Spoken Language

Pupils are taught to articulate their thoughts and ideas to one another and to communicate what they know and understand. Pupils answer every question with a partner, comment on each other’s ideas, clarify each other’s thinking, and build upon each other’s thoughts. Partner discussion helps teachers assess what and how pupils are learning throughout the lesson. Where appropriate, the teacher will clear up any misconceptions or ask additional questions to take the pupil’s thinking further.