Phonics in FS and KS1

The phonics scheme used by school is based on the  Letters and Sounds scheme which is supported with resources from The Oxford University Press Floppy’s Phonics scheme. Other resources used by staff include Espresso and a range of other interactive websites.

Teaching Spelling

School uses a Phonics based system of spellings in Years 1 and 2 and Topical Resources spelling scheme from Year 3 to Year 6. These resources include weekly lists and follow-up tasks linked to the new curriculum. Classes are given weekly spelling lists to learn at home. These are supported by teaching in class and KS2 have spelling investigation homework linked to the weekly spellings.

Reading Schemes

The core of our reading scheme is based around the Oxford University Press Oxford Reading Tree books. This starts in Foundation Stage with a range of textless books and continues throughout school to Year 6. The books we use include phonetically decodeable books as well as those which develop sight vocabulary. There are also books to support reluctant readers and those who need a lower level of challenge but have more mature content. The scheme includes traditional tales from around the world, a range of classic novels and non-fiction books. This is also supported by a range of non-fiction materials from the school library and the Leeds Schools Library service.


Writing is taught and practiced through discreet units of work teaching the relevant skills needed for each year group. The children are then able to show and develop their abilities through cross-curricular writing. This could be in any other subject of the curriculum including: History, Geography, Science, RE and Maths.

Writing topics for each class are available on each classes Long Term Plan on the curriculum page.

Writing is continually assessed against a set of criteria from Target Tracker, which is our school assessment system. Years 2 and 6 are assessed against the Key Stage Statements which are then published at the end of the year.

Useful Documents

Letter to Parents

Guidance for helping with handwriting

Handwriting Guidelines

Handwriting Practice Paper

Handwriting in the National Curriculum


School uses the Nelson Handwriting scheme. Is is very important that children learn correct letter formation and an accurate style from an early age and this scheme helps children develop a simple to use joined style as they progress through school.

In the last 10 to 15 years as technology has developed and become more readily available even to younger children handwriting has been seen as less of a priority. This should not be the case as the ability to produce neat, fluent handwriting has many benefits.

As well as giving a good first impression to the reader, a confident, fluent handwriting style contributes to reading and spelling fluency because it improves visual perception of letters. In later school life including Key Stage 2 many assessments are based on written work, particularly in time-limited written tests. Without fast and legible handwriting, students will miss out on learning opportunities, under-achieve and may fall behind.

Although many of our children have good handwriting, we all have room for improvement. To promote handwriting we will be be choosing a ‘Handwriter of the week’ who will be presented with a certificate in assembly. This may not be the person with the neatest writing, but maybe a child who has made the largest effort during the week. We will also be holding a handwriting competition open to all of the children to enter. More details of this will follow in the coming weeks.

The links on this page give further information and resources to help parents and carers at home. The guidance includes an overview of the letter styles taught in school, both printed and joined.