Image of school booksThe school follows the 2014 National Curriculum.  Other curriculum information is available via each year's curriculum  overviews below:


Teaching of Reading - Key Stage 1 Reading Scheme

Reading and spelling are two sides of the same coin; decoding and encoding are inverse operations. Therefore, we use the linguistic phonics programme, Sounds-Write, to teach both throughout the school.

The children are taught to decode and encode through explicit teaching and practice of these skills and concepts:


  • Blending
  • Segmenting
  • Phonic Manipulation


  • letters are symbols that represent sounds
  • sounds can be spelled using 1,2 3 or 4 letters
  • the same sound can be spelled in more than one way (rain, break, gate, stay)
  • many spellings can represent more than one sound (head, seat, break)

In Reception and KS1, children have a daily phonics lesson following the clear, consistent and cumulative Sounds-Write programme. 

Our reading scheme follows the phonic progression taught in school, using the Oxford Reading Tree books to support the teaching of reading. Teaching takes place through daily guided (group) reading sessions, one to one reading and other reading opportunities that arise in the curriculum.  As pupils become more fluent in their reading we encourage the use of our extensive and well stocked library which is linked into the Renaissance Place resources, making use of the Accelerated Reading Programme. 

Children are provided with books for home reading each week.  Please could you encourage your children to read everyday and take time to listen to them.