Our reading and writing curriculum enables children to communicate clearly and access knowledge, opening doors to other cultures and the world around them.

Reading: Phonics

We teach phonics through Read Write Inc which is a systematic synthetic phonics programme with a whole school approach to teaching early reading and writing, designed to ensure progress for every child.

Children learn to read sounds and blend them into words. They apply this phonic knowledge to read and comprehend story books that are carefully matched to the sounds they know.

While your children are learning to read, they work in progress groups to master each level of phonics and reading.

Children work in these progress groups for one hour each day. This means they are learning at their ‘challenge’ level for five hours a week. (Reception children build up to this throughout the year).

One-to-one tutoring:

Even with the best teaching and the best programme, there are some children who need extra practice to keep up.  We accelerate the progress of these children with 10 minutes one-to-one tutoring every day.

Home support:

Read Write Inc. provides everything parents need to help children practice reading at home.

Each week, children take home their Read Write Inc. Storybook and corresponding Book Bag Book.


We teach CUSP reading which provides a depth and breadth of literature study through a rich diversity of literature experiences.  There is explicit teaching of core reading strategies and cohesive learning approaches building conceptual fluency and preparing children for future demands of reading at secondary school.


We teach CUSP writing which brings a clear structure and identity to our writing curriculum.  It builds on the cognitive science which is threaded through our whole curriculum building cohesion and sequencing of the writing process.  Our writing curriculum gives our children the tools to build on their previous writing skills and knowledge.