Reading Curriculum

Welcome to our curriculum page for Reading. On this page you will find a wide range of information as to how we teach phonics and reading at Templemoor, as well as valuable resources that you can use to help to support phonics and reading at home.  

Mrs Brown - Phonic Manager and English Lead

Our Phonic Manager is Mrs Brown. If you have any queries or would like to discuss our phonics programme further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Reading National Curriculum
The National Curriculum for Reading can be found below.
Knowledge and Skills Progression in Reading
The documents below detail the knowledge and skills that pupils will gain at each stage of the Reading Curriculum in Years 1 and 2. 
Reading Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement

"Teach a child to read and keep that child reading and we will change everything. And I mean everything". Jeanette Winterson

We use the Read, Write Inc. Phonics Scheme to teach reading.

Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible regardless of background, needs or abilities. Children are immersed in books from the moment they enter school and reading is at the heart of our curriculum. We are dedicated to enabling children to become lifelong readers. We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure that children develop a love of reading as well as simply learning to read.

The video below provides a great introduction to what phonics is, and why your child is learning to read with phonics using the Read, Write, Inc. scheme. Please click on the Read, Write, Inc. logo to find out even more about the scheme that we use, as well as ways in which you can support phonics and reading at home. 


How will my child be taught to read?

In Nursery our children develop a love of reading through enticing story and poetry times. Children are immersed in role play, discussion, building sentences and rich vocabulary. Children are taught to say the sounds of letters with the help of Read, Write, Inc. mnemonics.

Structured daily phonics lessons begin in Reception. This means that children learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. Ask them to show you what these are.

The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’ (we call them Red Words), such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.

The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start thinking that they can read and this does wonders for their confidence.

The teachers read to the children, too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps to develop their writing.

How are the Read, Write, Inc. sessions organised?

Children in Reception and Year One are split into four groups per year group (children usually stay in their own year groups) and have a daily Read, Write, Inc. phonics lesson that lasts for 30 minutes. Children usually work through the scheme by the end of Year One or by the end of the first term in Year Two.  Children then move onto reading and comprehension groups which take place three times per week. By the end of Year 2, the majority of children are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.

Phonics Teaching 

All our staff have been trained to teach reading in the way we do it in this school, following the Read, Write, Inc. method. We believe that it is very important that all the teachers and teaching assistants work in the same way. Senior teachers watch other teachers teaching to make sure that the children are learning in the way that we want them to learn.

How will I know how well my child is doing?

Children are assessed and grouped according to their phonic knowledge by the Phonics Manager, Mrs Brown.  Children are then re-assessed every six to eight weeks. Ongoing assessment means that groups can be adjusted to ensure the best possible progress for each child. Each child reads books that best matches their phonic knowledge. Assessment quickly identifies any child who is falling behind the programme’s pace so that targeted support can be given immediately. In the summer term, the government asks us to do a phonics check of all the Year 1 children. Further information about the check can be found at the bottom of this page. 


“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows they can read printed words!” - Betty Smith

How will Read, Write, Inc. be taught?

We use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’,’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.

At school we use a puppet called Fred who is an expert on sounding out words! We call it, ‘Fred Talk’. E.g. m-o-p, c-a-t, m-a-n, sh-o-p, b-l-a-ck.  When children can blend in their head (without sounding out each letter) we say they can 'Fred in their head'! 

The children are taught the sounds in 3 sets. These sounds can be downloaded below:

Parent Tutorials
Watch our parent tutorial videos below to learn all about how to support your child as they learn with Read Write Inc., with detailed ideas and advice on pronouncing pure sounds, blending, and digraphs.
Confused about how to pronounce the sounds found in Read Write Inc. phonics? Worry not, as 5-year-old Sylvie is here to show you how! Use this guide to support your child when practising the sounds at home.

Learn how to teach your child a Set 1 Sound, step by step.

Children will also use pictures for each sound to help recognise the sound and then form the shape of the sound.
Find out how to teach children sounds that are made up of two letters.

Learn the method of teaching children to blend sounds into words.

Find out more about independent blending in this parent tutorial.

"Reading feeds the imagination, it expands horizons and offers new and exciting ways of seeing and making sense of our lives and of the world around us". Michael Morpurgo

Guided Reading

Reception and Year One

In addition to Read Write Inc. phonics lessons children have a guided reading session once a week. Children are grouped according to phonic ability. There are approx. 4-7 children in each group. The teacher teaches specific reading skills and reinforces aspects of reading which have been taught in the Read, Write Inc. lesson. It is also when children demonstrate their understanding and development as readers and when the teacher assesses this.

Children read a text which is closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge. In the early stages of reading this may be teaching sounds, using a Read, Write, Inc. sound blending book, ditty book or a Read, Write, Inc. storybook. Children then go on to read a range of progressive book banded books, again closely matched to the group’s phonics knowledge.   

Year Two

Children have a guided reading session once a week.  Children are grouped according to phonic and reading ability. The teacher teaches specific reading skills.  It is also when children demonstrate their understanding and development as readers and when the teacher assesses this. Where appropriate children read a text which is closely matched to the group’s developing phonic knowledge. Teachers then go on to select from a range of progressive book banded books to ensure that children’s reading progresses at a steady rate.

Reading for Pleasure
During daily story times our fantastic staff create a love of reading by reading aloud a range of stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction that develop children’s vocabulary and language comprehension. All classes have their own libraries with a range of fiction and non-fiction books and children are encouraged to take books home regularly. Children also have regular visits from poets and authors to further inspire a love of reading. 

Core Books

We further develop and actively promote reading and a love of reading through the schools Core Book approach.

Each Year group has been allocated a set of texts which they are encouraged to read together, read for pleasure and revisit time again. There are multiple copies of each chosen text across the classes. This ensures systematic exposure to a range of quality texts, authors and genre throughout their time at school. At Templemoor, Core Books become a common base of books which we all know well, our own little internal library to draw from! The list of Core Books available in each class can be dowloaded below.

Reading at Home

We value support in reading from our parents. Reading books are sent home when children are beginning to blend and are closely matched to children’s developing phonic knowledge. Children begin by following the Read, Write, Inc. scheme  and then move on to book banded books. We ask that children read for 10-15 minutes each day. Read, Write, Inc. phonic books are changed weekly and book banded books can be changed daily. Our Reading Framework can be downloaded below. This gives a guide as to what your child will be taking home at each stage of their reading journey. 

Please remember that reading is not a race, it is a journey.  Children learn at different rates just as they learn to walk and dress themselves. If children are rushed through books they will not achieve the enjoyment and understanding necessary.  Books that children find too difficult will soon put them off reading.

Enjoy reading with your child and help them to become lifelong readers.

Things to Remember

1. Do hear your child read every day for 10 to 15 minutes.

2. Little and often is more beneficial than a long session a week.

3. Do remember to sign your child's reading record.

4.  Reading records need to be in school every day, so it is good practise to always keep it in your child's book bag.

“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.”- Dr. Seuss

Oxford Owl
Oxford Owl is an award winning website to help support children’s learning at home. Oxford Owl Reading has 250 free ebooks for you to share with your child as well as simple ideas, top tips, activities and games to help your child with their reading at home. You’ll also find advice from educational experts on many areas including phonics, motivating boys and how to support your child with their reading. Simply click on the link below to access this amazing free resource. 
Have a look at this wonderful selection of books that you may want to read at home with your child. We have organised the links into year groups for you. 
Year 1 Phonic Screening Check
During the Summer term in Year 1, children nationwide are tested on their phonic knowledge. This test helps us to identify children who have gaps in their phonic knowledge and may need further support in Year 2. The test is low-key and we endeavour to make it stress-free for the children. Essentially, the children are asked to read 40 words from a list, using their phonics to ‘sound out’ the word and then blend it if they need to. Parents are informed as to whether their child has achieved the national expectation within the child’s end-of-year report.

And finally, Read Write Inc. Phonics is designed by Ruth Miskin. You can follow Ruth on Twitter or Facebook, which will give you access to further information such as top tips for reading, video tutorials and reading advice. Click on the links below. Happy reading, and remember.... 


“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis