At Prior Heath we aim to enable every child to develop the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, including spelling, grammar and handwriting.  The Key Stage 1 National Curriculum (2014) is followed throughout the school.

Reading and Phonics

Our intent at Prior Heath Infant School is that every child leaves our school a reader who has a passion for stories, poetry and information texts.  Our phonics teaching lays the foundations for every child to be a secure and successful reader. We are implementing the “Letters and Sounds” synthetic phonics programme exclusively across the school to ensure the progression of skills and to embed the learning.  Our daily phonics sessions are structured, pacey and systematic to ensure continuity and challenge.  Children learn to read through phonics teaching and we adapt our provision to ensure that learning is inclusive for all.

During their time at Prior Heath, the children have the opportunity to read books that match their phonic phase as well as a whole range of literature to develop a love of reading.

The impact of our approach to reading ensures that children can decode, build fluency, develop their comprehension skills and become readers for life.

Reading threads through all areas of the curriculum to enrich the children’s learning.

The Progression of Skills for Reading from Reception to Year 2 can be found here. (PDF, 318.07 kB)

Please click on the links below for our reading presentation, reading leaflets, English glossary and list of suggested books to read:

Reading at Prior Heath Presentation –  (PDF, 1.64 MB)this includes a link to YouTube video: Sounds of the English Phonic Code – Synthetic Phonics by English specialist Tami Reis-Frankfort

Supporting Reading at Home Booklet (PDF, 428.94 kB)

Reading in Year 1

Reading in Year 2

Reading assessment: questions linked to comprehension

Suggested Books List (PDF, 213.78 kB)

English Glossary (PDF, 36.21 kB)

KS1 World Book Day Reading Guide (PDF, 693.21 kB)


Writing is promoted from the earliest stages and children are encouraged to see themselves as independent writers.  As their confidence grows we introduce a variety of spelling strategies and grammatical structures so that accuracy is increased.  Legible handwriting and presentation of work are considered to be of great importance and children are taught cursive writing from the very start of their time at school.  By the end of Year 2, all children will be expected to join their handwriting.

Cursive Handwriting (PDF, 180.02 kB)

The Progression of Skills for Writing from Reception to Year 2 can be found here. (PDF, 297.31 kB)