To support reading and spelling in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, we use the Read, Write Inc phonics scheme. To find out more about Read Write Inc, see the clip below.

You can support your child at home with their sounds by listening to them read every night and by watching clips like the one here.

There are lots of videos on Youtube to support you and your child.

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Phonics 2021/22 Policy

Curriculum Progression – Phonics

Key Stage One Reading Framework

Y3 and Year 4 Reading Framework

Y5 and Year 6 Reading Framework

Children’s ability to read is assessed through a range of skills identified in the National Curriculum: Vocabulary, Retrieval, Summarising, Inference, Prediction, Meaning, Language and Comparing. Please note that decoding and being able to read words is not how we assess the children’s reading ability.

To support the teaching and learning of reading in school, we use VIPERS. Attached is a series of questions you can use to support your child with reading at home.

Vipers Bookmark

Children in Years 4,5, and 6 have a log-in for Reading Plus; this can be completed and included as one of their Holy Family High Five expectations: to read at least three times a week. Please ensure your child records the percentage they achieve on Reading Plus in their planners/reading record for the teacher to see in school.

In order to be Age Related to Expectations, children should be able to read and comprehend books that are considered the correct level of difficulty and challenge. They should be able to answer a variety of different questions that link to the reading skills identified above. Attached is the progression of book bands linked to Age Related Expectations.


Children throughout school learn to apply their grammar skills to a range of purposes and genres of writing. Images, class books, media clips and other curriculum subjects are used as a stimulus for our writing. From Year 1, children are encouraged to edit their writing using the new skills, rules and vocabulary they have developed throughout the unit of English work.

The end of Key Stage One (Year 2) and Key Stage Two (Year 6) are attached here. In order to achieve Age Related Expectations at the end of each Key Stage, the children must retain and apply their learning from all previous years.

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