Curriculum Intent

At Istead Rise Primary School, we are passionate about ensuring children become independent, confident readers and writers. We believe that the teaching of phonics from Early Years until the end of Key Stage 1, not only holds the key for children to access all subjects within the curriculum, but also raises children’s self-esteem and confidence, providing opportunities for their future. We promote our core values: Independence, Respect, Perseverance and Self-Reflection in all aspects of childrens’ learning, enabling them to become proud members of the school community and the wider world.

Curriculum Implementation

From Early Years until the end of Key Stage 1 , we use a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc’. This programme is a method of learning letter sounds and blending them together to read and write words. 

Phonics is taught to the whole class to ensure that learning is accessible to all children. Daily sessions are delivered by fully trained practitioners and are structured so that children participate in speaking, listening, reading, writing and spelling activities. Children work through the different phases, learning and developing their phonics sounds and knowledge in a fun and engaging way. 

To ensure children are stretched and challenged, teachers draw upon daily observations and continuous assessment. Regular assessments using the Read, Write Inc assessment, reading milestones and Reading Early Learning Goal (in EYFS), enable teachers to monitor and track childrens’ progress. Teachers ensure that children are grouped accordingly and they will identify those who may need additional support and ensure that this is provided.

Whilst phonics is taught through the RWInc scheme, we recognise that children learn at different paces and that a one fit approach may not meet the needs of all children. Teachers have the flexibility to be able to deliver and plan phonics lessons according to the needs of the child in their class. These lessons are delivered through a more creative and active approach and are suitable for children who have learning difficulties or those who are struggling to acquire age appropriate literacy skills.