Years 1 & Years 2 Curriculum Topic Plan

Years 3 & Years 4 Curriculum Topic Plan

Years 5 & Years 6 Curriculum Topic Plan



Phonics and Reading In The Early Years and KS1


  • In the Early Years we use the letters and sounds scheme of work alongside aspects of the jolly phonics. Using both ensures children have a broad and detailed understanding of early phonics.
  • Parents are invited to attend a phonics training session at the beginning of the year where all aspects of the reading and writing curriculum are explained so that they are able to support their children with their learning at home. 
  • Phonics flashcards and key words are sent home weekly, HFW are given on a half termly basis.
  • Reading homework is given weekly. Children take home 2 reading books, one of which is comes from the Phonics Bug guided reading scheme.
  • Book journals are given to all children so that children and parents are able to communicate about children’s reading progress.
  • A variety of reading schemes are used throughout KS1.
  • In KS1 Guided reading is taught daily.
  • Comprehension activities are sent out where appropriate for homework.
  • Phonics is taught daily, children are set into groups according to their ability.
  • Phonics lessons follow to strict 4 part structure as outlines in the Letters and Sounds scheme.
  • In the summer term of Year One children partake in the National phonics screening to assess their progress in reading and writing.
  • Parents and Lunchtime organisers are invited into school to read with the children.
  • Children are able to visit our school library and borrow a book.
  • As children enter our Nursery setting they are given a Book Time

Teaching and Learning of Reading




Message from the Headteacher

Dear Friends

The prayer of which Bishop John has always asked us to say is

“Stay with us, Lord, On our Journey”

This is so appropriate for all of us here in St. Cuthbert’s School Community as we embark on our special journey of making the school Outstanding. The prayer is written throughout the school and is a constant reminder and prompt that all that we do in serving this community is done with the help of the Lord.

May we be generous in embracing change and always be sensitive to one another as we take the next step on our Journey together with the Lord.

God Bless,