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We aim to provide our children with a rich, broad and an exciting English curriculum to help our children gain the skills they need for a fulfilled future.

Reading and writing:

Read Write Inc. Phonics for our children from Reception to Year 2 and for our children in Years 3 to 6 who are new to English. Children rapidly gain the knowledge of different sounds and graphemes; learn to blend and begin to apply these phonics skills to read short ditties and books.


Another strategy we use in year 1 and 2 is 'Talk for Writing' developed by Pie Corbett. This programme enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading and analysing it. Through immersion activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing which shows them how to craft their writing using a similar structure.


These are the key steps that we follow to help our children become successful writers:



Children learn a model text through actions and story mapping.



Children will now change the imitated story to incorporate their own ideas, changing key elements but keeping a similar structure.



Children will now write their own stories inspired by their model texts.




Big Writing is an approach to teaching writing and raising writing standards that focuses on the importance of talk and oral rehearsal. Accurate basic skills; spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting are encouraged and practised daily. Over the course of the week, children are exposed to new themes and topics. Spellings, punctuation and grammar is practised daily, ideas are explored, high standards for writing are modelled through shared writing and towards the end of the week, children work towards writing independently for a sustained period of time in a relaxed and purposeful writing environment.












We use the Read Write Inc. programme for spellings, a proven approach underpinned by phonics, that allows children tp practice statutory spellings daily.


Below are links to additional spellings that we practice. We call them 'red' and 'orange' words. Please help your children learn the spellings that have been given to them as part of their homework.


Book challenge! Many year groups have challenged their children to read as many books as they can. How many has your child read? Let's get reading!

Long term overview of writing at Widden: