Curriculum for Reading and Writing

We follow a rich, skills driven curriculum which has had proven success. Our Writing and Reading outcomes are both above the national average, a clear testament to the quality of both our curriculum and its delivery.

Please click on the links below to see how we teach progression across each of the genres we study in the Federation. Also included are each year group’s Writing genre maps which show which texts and genres are studied each term.


At Samuel White’s Infant School, our progression in Phonics is based on Letters and Sounds. Jolly Phonics is also used in Reception for a more multisensory approach. Our whole-school Sound Mats support children to apply their phonics when writing. Common exception words and high frequency words are taught throughout EYFS and KS1. These words correspond to our whole-school Tricky Word Wall and Tricky Word Mats. The Sound Mats and Tricky Word Mats that we use in school can be found in the back of the children’s Home and School Planners to support learning at home.

Download: Phonics at Samuel White’s Infants

What is a STAR Reading test?
STAR Reading tests are completed termly by all children in KS2 to allow teachers to monitor their progress. The tests are on the computer and the questions continually adjust to your child’s responses. If the child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 15 minutes.

What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
All year groups use the Accelerated Reader system to manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice regularly. Using the STAR reading test scores, your child’s book level is set. This may mean that your child is initially asked to read a book that is easier than the books they have been reading previously. They will also be given a totally individual termly points target to reach. When finished, your child takes a short, fun quiz on the computer, they gain points based on their score. Passing the quiz – with over 85%- is an indication that your child understood what was read. AR gives both children and teachers’ feedback based on the quiz results.
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How can I help my child become a better reader?
As with anything, performance improves with practice. Encourage your child to read at home at least 3 times a week, and sign in the HASP book to show they have shared a book with an adult. Enjoy discussing the books they read; stop and ask questions to be sure your child understands the text. Reading with your child, no matter what the child’s age, is an important part of developing a good reader, building a lifelong love of reading and learning.