Cawthorne Church Of England (VC) Primary School




We use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) in the Foundation Stage and Year 1 to give children the best possible start with their reading. This helps them to learn the 44 sounds and the different ways that they can be represented in the English language.

Read Write Inc is a phonics programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. It was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at


Click here for more information about Phonics in our school and for links to other useful websites.



At Cawthorne CE (VC) Primary School our intent is for every child to become a competent, fluent reader who has a love of reading and books. Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! We intend for this to happen by the end of Key Stage One to enable our pupils to fully access the Key Stage Two curriculum. Where this has not been possible, extra measures are put into place to support children in becoming fluent readers quickly.


Click here to view our school's Reading Offer. This shows our intent, how we implement reading in our school, and the impact this is having.

Click here to view our Reading Curriculum Progression Map, detailing the content taught in each year group across our school.

Click here to view the reading books that children are expected to be reading according to their year group (expected progression through reading levels).


We have developed our own reading scheme, using a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books from a wide variety of publishers, including: Read Write Inc Phonics, Songbirds Phonics, Floppy's Phonics, Rising Stars, Collins Big Cat, Oxford Reading Tree, Oxford Literacy Web, Ginn, Cambridge, PM, Usbourne and Heinemann.


Parents: At the bottom of the page are links to recommended reading books that your child may enjoy listening to / reading at home.

READING IN THE Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

In Reception, children begin to learn to read using phonics. They also need to recognise and remember those tricky words that cannot be sounded out letter by letter e.g. the or said. The teaching and practice of reading begins to be teacher-led, through whole class sessions. Individual reading practice might be with the teacher, teaching assistant or a parent helper. Children take books home to practise learning to read.

READING IN Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

Children continue to learn to read using phonics. They are also expected to recognise some tricky words by sight. They will continue to build up a bank of tricky sight vocabulary.

Children also draw on their own experiences, the setting of the story and the pictures to help them understand what they are reading about. Comprehension skills are vital in making sense of what the words say and interpreting meaning. Most children are able to give reasons for why things are happening in stories and how characters change.

Towards the end of Year 1 children sit a statutory phonics screening check to ensure they are making good progress in the basic phonic skills.

To support the teacher's assessment of how well children are progressing, there is an assessment at the end of Key Stage 1 in reading.

READING IN Key stage 2 (Years 3 to 4)

Most children will be reading much more fluently and starting to tackle chapter books, as well as developing their own reading interests and opinions. New skills will still be taught. Reading with better understanding of what has been read and beginning to think about how and why writers write is important. Children use more varied grammar and vocabulary. They will also read, rehearse, and perform extracts and whole texts to improve their ability to speak well in different situations.

READING IN Key stage 2 (Years 5 to 6)

The emphasis is now on children reading and responding to what they read accurately and fairly quickly. They will be using accurate grammar and punctuation, as well as adventurous ideas, words, sentences, and paragraphs, to improve their writing as they draw on their wider reading experience. Children should also be able to read and spell unfamiliar words using their knowledge of phonics and word structure. They will develop their spoken language through public speaking, performance, and debate.

There are national tests in May of Year 6 in reading.


World Book Day 2020

World Book Day for 2020 is on 5th March. Our focus story for this year is Julia Donaldson's 'The Smeds and the Smoos'. We have chosen this text as it promotes valuing diversity and acceptance of others, themes that are important to us at Cawthorne CE (VC) School and that we have focused on in our class circle times and with our school Wellbeing Ambassadors. 

Children are asked to dress all in red or all in blue to be a Smed (in red) or a Smoo (in blue) for the day and they will be taking part in activities based around this story throughout the morning.


world book day 2019

To celebrate World Book Day we asked pupils to come to school wearing their pyjamas or onesies! We held bedtime story sessions with the whole school where children had hot chocolate and cookies whilst listening to a story - The Princess and the Dragon.

Children then chose from 10 follow up activities related to the story and older pupils supported younger pupils which was lovely to see! Many children also chose to read books together, snuggled up with their blankets and cushions.

The children really enjoyed the day, which promoted enjoyment of reading, as you can see from the selection of photographs below: 


Donations made to the school on World Book Day were used to fund new reading books, cushions, canopies, fabrics and puppets to enhance and help to develop engaging and inspiring reading areas in each classroom, reading displays around school and to re-new our library space.



At Cawthorne CE (VC) Primary School we believe that learning to write is crucially important. Children use their writing in other subjects across the curriculum, and writing also gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world.

Learning to write involves handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation, composition and learning to write in different forms appropriately for different audiences.


Click here to view our Writing Curriculum Progression Map, detailing the content taught in each year group across our school.


WRITING IN THE Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

In Reception, children begin to learn how to form letters correctly. They will be encouraged to use their knowledge of phonics to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. By the end of the year, they will be expected to write simple sentences independently which can be read by themselves and others.

WRITING IN Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

In Year 1, children will be taught to write sentences by saying out loud what they are going to write about, put several sentences together and re-read their writing to check it makes sense. They will also be expected to discuss what they have written and to read it aloud.

In Year 2, children learn to write for a range of purposes, including stories, information texts and poetry. Children are encouraged to plan what they are going to write and to read through their writing to make corrections and improvements.

To support the teacher's assessment of how well children are progressing, there is an assessment at the end of Key Stage 1 in writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling.

WRITING IN Key stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

In Years 3 and 4, children are encouraged to draft and write by talking about their writing. They will continue to learn how to organise paragraphs and, if they are writing non-fiction, to use headings. When they are writing stories, they will learn to use settings, characters and plots. Children in Years 3 and 4 will be expected to use what they know about grammar in their writing and to read through what they have written, to find ways to improve it.

In Years 5 and 6, children will continue to develop their skills in planning, drafting and reviewing what they have written. Children learn to identify the audience for and purpose of their writing. They will be expected to use grammar appropriately. In non-fiction writing, children will use headings, bullet points and other ways to organise their writing. They will be expected to describe settings, characters and to use dialogue in their stories.

There are national tests in May of Year 6 in grammar, punctuation, and spelling, as well as teacher assessment of writing.


Click on the links below to see an overview of the English National Curriculum for each year group:


Parents: Click on the year group to view recommended reading books for children of that age:

Foundation Stage

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6