1 Phonics
2 Reading
3 Writing
4 The 10 Minute Pledge
5 Writing across the curriculum


At Keyingham Primary School, we follow the Read Write Inc. phonics programme. Children learn phonics every day in discreet sessions from FS1 to Year 1. The sessions continue into Year 2 when and where necessary. We aim for our children to be reading fluently and spelling accurately by the end of Year 2. In Key Stage 2, phonics continues to be taught implicitly through spelling and grammar activities. Some children will continue to receive phonics interventions in Key Stage 2, if required.  

Reading books in EYFS and Key Stage 1 are chosen so that the children can apply their phonics knowledge acquisition in their reading.


Our Reading sessions focus on developing a wide and rich vocabulary for all pupils through dialogue, discussion and investigation of age-related texts.  Children focus on close reading and take part in 'Book Talk' sessions with the support of their teacher.  There is explicit vocabulary teaching every week to support pupils in accessing age-related expectation texts.  Children collaborate in groups using sentence stems and high utility words to develop a Book Talk response. Children also regularly record their developed responses in written format as they progress towards age related expectations of reading response.   

‘Book Talk’ sessions are supplemented by a mix of books and blended learning opportunities that match our pupils' stage of reading and ability from the Read Write Inc. scheme, the Oxford Reading Tree (including their interactive e-book library), Oxford Reading Buddy and the Reading Eggs programme. 

All books are book banded, with great emphasis being placed on ensuring the children in the early stages of reading have books which let them apply their phonics acquisition.   


At Keyingham Primary School, we have adapted ‘The Write Stuff’ by Jane Considine to bring clarity to the mechanics of writing.  ‘The Write Stuff’ follows a method called ‘Sentence Stacking’ which refers to the fact that sentences are stacked together and organised to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can then immediately apply to their own writing.  An individual lesson is based on a sentence model, broken into three chunks:  

  1. Initiate section – a stimulus to capture the children’s imagination and set up a sentence.  

  1. Model section – the teacher close models a sentence that outlines clear writing features and techniques.  

  1. Enable section – the children write their sentence, following the model.  

‘The Write Stuff’ also reinforces grammar through the use of:  

  • The Fantastics : an acronym that summarise the ideas of writing  
  • The Grammaristics : a classroom tool that enables the teacher to drive key grammar messages 
  • The Boomtastics : 10 ways of adding drama and poetic devices to writing in a vivid visual manner 

Our writing curriculum is mapped through fiction and non-fiction genres to ensure progression in both composition and transcription skills.  You can access the subject map by clicking here.

The 10 Minute Pledge

Research shows that children who read (or are read to) for 20 minutes a day have a higher success rate in their studies throughout their school life.  We pledge to all our children and families that we will meet them half way and, above all other reading opportunities in the day, we take 10 minutes every day to just read and enjoy a story together in our classes.  We use this time to explore story themes, discover new vocabulary and to simply enjoy the thrill of a good tale!

Writing across the curriculum

Our curriculum ensures that all children have plenty of opportunities to write for different purposes. We encourage writing through all curriculum areas and use quality reading texts to model examples of good writing. Writing is taught through a number of different strategies. We believe that children need lots of rich speaking and drama activities, alongside experiences outside of the classroom to give them the imagination and the understanding to become excellent writers.