English Curriculum - September 2014

The documents below give an overview of the expectations in English for children within each year group.

Reading & Phonics

At Heygarth Primary School we aim to create life-long learners who have a passion for reading for the rest of their lives. Reading for pleasure is a key aspect of the curriculum and the basis for teaching children to read. 

We recognise the importance of teaching a systematic synthetic phonics programme to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right, as well as prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

At Heygarth Primary School, we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts

  • learn to read words using Fred Talk

  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out

  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using RWI to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.

  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk

  • write simple sentences

Children are taught phonics daily in groups with other children working at the same ability as they are. Teachers assess children’s phonic and reading progress regularly. For those children who require extra support we provide additional sessions to the daily phonics lesson all children receive. 

From June 2012, Year 1 children undertake an unseen government 'Phonics Screening' which requires them to read, using their phonics skills, real and non-real words.  Results are reported to parents.

Click on the link 'Read Write Inc Phonics' to the left of this page which will take you further information about the Read Write Inc Programme

Read and Write Inc Phonics

Information for Parents:

To watch a short video about how to say the sounds, please click here.

To watch a short video about how to pronounce the sounds, please click here.

To watch a short video about how to blend sounds, please click here.