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

We believe reading is a fundamental skill and place great emphasis on this.  We aim to develop fluency, comprehension, critical awareness and an enjoyment of books.  We have a graded reading programme which includes published schemes.  We use a variety of schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, PM Readers and Rigby Star which are organised through a book banding system.  The children are introduced to a wide variety of literature and have the opportunity to take home a book each day from our library boxes.  Our phonics teaching is based on the “Letters and Sounds” programme, DfE 2007.

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)