At Elton Primary School, we believe that a quality Literacy (English) curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014 to enable all children to:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.


We follow a Mastery approach to English through the programme Pathways to Read. Units of work are delivered using high quality texts and children in all year groups are given varied opportunities 

for reading. Skills are built up through repetition within the units, and children apply these skills in the reading activities provided.  

We deliver one whole class shared reading lesson per week from years 2-6 with bespoke grouped reading for every pupil at least once a week as well as individual reading. For pupils still needing support with phonics from years 2-6, we provide an individual reading programme that has phonically decodable texts at the heart of it. In our shared and grouped reads, there is a clear teaching focus with the opportunity to master key reading skills in each session. There are follow on reading tasks to enable pupils to evidence the skills they have mastered independently.

Many opportunities for widening children’s vocabulary are given through the Pathways to Read approach and this builds on the extensive work we do in school to provide our children with a rich and varied vocabulary.  

You will find the end of year expectations for reading for each of our year groups in the attached documents. For further detail on the skills that your children are learning on a termly basis, please contact your class teacher.


We use the Read Write Inc programme to teach phonics from FS1 to KS1. Children are taught the 44 different sounds of the English language and their corresponding grapheme representations. This scheme has a systematic, synthetic approach to the teaching of early reading. Starting in Nursery, our pupils are introduced to letter sounds using picture cues and handwriting rhymes. Alongside grapheme/phoneme correspondence, the children are taught how to blend sounds to read words. Phonics is taught daily throughout FS1 and KS1 and we are proud that our scores for the Phonics Screening Check are in line with national average.

Read Write Inc



We use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme throughout school. Rooted in reading for pleasure and with systematic phonics at its heart, it promotes varied reading styles, giving children everything they need to become confident readers. Alongside learning how to read, pupils are taught comprehension skills and to appreciate a broad range of literature. Every child reads with their teacher either 1:1 or in a group at least once a week and has a comprehension lesson every other week from KS2.

Reading involves two main elements – word recognition and language comprehension. We aim to teach every child to become a fluent reader by the end of KS1. We teach children comprehension skills so that they can interpret and understand a text. We hope to inspire children to love literature and to use the crucial life skill of reading to open the doors to the rest of the curriculum and become lifelong learners.



Spelling is taught three times a week and pupils have a weekly spelling test. We use the Babcock Scheme for Spelling which follows the National Curriculum.  We encourage pupils to check and edit their spelling in their writing on a regular basis. Words that are incorrect are highlighted pink and pupils use sound mats or year group word mats to self correct.



Grammar is taught through our units of work. Pupils have discrete grammar lessons but Teachers also plan grammar into their T4W units of work. Pupils are expected to apply the grammar they have been taught in their independent writing and they are monitored closely to check that we can see progress in this area.


Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening skills are taught throughout the T4W units of work. Pupils have to read their work to a peer or the class, perform poetry. discuss, explain and clarify their thinking. Speaking and listening skills are also taught through regular Philosophy for Children (P4C) lessons where pupils are encouraged to explain and expand ideas, consider other pupils' opinion and summarise their thoughts.


Read Write Inc (RWI)

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics based programme which helps children learn to read whilst also developing a wide range of vocabulary and encouraging a love of stories. It was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at . It is a programme is for primary school children learning to read.  

How do we know RWI works?

Schools embedding this programme have been recognised by OFSTED in the HMI ‘Reading by Six Report’ (November 2010) as an example of how the best schools teach reading.

What does the RWI teaching process look like at Elton?

Children are first taught the pure ‘set 1 sounds’ so that they will be able to blend the sounds in words more easily. In School we call this ‘Fred Talk’. We do not use letter names at this stage; we simply focus on the sounds that are used to sound out words. To view correct pronunciation of the sounds watch the video below.  At this stage, the children are not only taught the ‘sound’ the letter makes, but also how to form the letter, using a rhyme and picture prompt. Learning the terminology Phonics is a highly effective way of teaching reading and spelling. Blending when reading and segmenting when spelling. It is based on the link between sounds and the way we write them down (graphemes).

i-n contains 2 sounds and 2 graphemes.

c-a-t contains 3 sounds and 3 graphemes

ch-a-t contains 3 sounds and 3 graphemes

l-igh-t contains 3 sounds and 3 graphemes

c-r-a-sh contains 4 sounds and 4 graphemes

s-t-r-ee-t contains 5 sounds and 5 graphemes

Each word always contains the same number of sounds and graphemes.

Graphemes can have 1,2,3,4 or 5 letters. 

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Chester, Cheshire CH2 4LT

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