Cawthorne Church Of England (VC) Primary School

English At Cawthorne


At Cawthorne 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 to view our Phonics Progression Map.

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



At Cawthorne 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.


We have developed our own reading scheme, using a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books from a wide variety of publishers. In Foundation Stage and Year 1, reading books are matched to pupil's current phonic stage through regular assessment.


Click here to view our EYFS Reading Curriculum Progression Map.


Click here to view our Y1-Y6 Reading Curriculum Progression Map.


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


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



At Cawthorne 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.


High quality speaking and listening underpins the development of reading and writing at Cawthorne Primary School. Communicating effectively through confident speaking and listening is paramount to successful learning and we develop this aspect of language throughout school and the curriculum. We provide discussion opportunities in every lesson. In the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 social interaction drives the learning process and produces more effective communicators. Exposure to reading, rhyme and performing poetry enhances and develops these skills. To develop our pupils as effective speakers and attentive listeners, they are provided with varied and valuable enrichment experiences and opportunities.


Click here to view our Speaking And Listening Progression Map for EYFS, detailing the content taught in our school.

Click here to view our Speaking And Listening Progression Map for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, detailing the content taught in our school.


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

PARENTS: Click on your child's year group to view recommended reading books:

Foundation Stage

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6