Phonics, Reading and Writing

Phonics and Early Reading

Early reading at Caythorpe is taught following “Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.” Children are taught the names of the letters and the sounds that letter make. This gives children the knowledge they need to develop as readers. From Reception to year 2 we teach phonics in phases from 1-6. They will move to the next phase as they become more secure with the sounds, this includes recognising sounds within words while reading and applying their sounds into their writing.
Follow this link to the Little Wandle Parents Page where you will find resources to help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home. Find our full Reception and Year 1 teaching programme overview here to see what your child will learn and when.
Children in EYFS and KS1 also take part in three reading sessions a week linked to the phonics they have been learning in their phonics sessions. Pupils take home a reading book which is matched to their phonic ability.


At Caythorpe we teach reading using a whole class reading strategy as well as identified groups at times, using graded books covering all genres. Reading activities are varied and are recorded in a Reading Journal. Our teachers regularly update our classroom reading areas with topic themed books and author book boxes to compliment current topics or genres of study.
Pupils are assessed using the Star Assessments from the online Rennaisance platform. Each child can choose books within their reading range to read independently and/or share at home depending on the ability of the child as we value our families help support with reading at home. Learners need the space and time to make choices about books, and to discover authors and texts they might not get chance to look at outside of school. Our teachers check pupils are reading books that will challenge them, and create exciting reading areas around the school. After reading a book pupils have opportunities in school to take a quiz on the book they have read. Accelerated Reader is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice, motivating students to read for pleasure and assessing children’s understanding of the texts they read.

If you would like any further information about reading, then your child’s class teacher will be happy to discuss this with you.
Reading Ambassadors

We have Reading Ambassadors for Key Stage 1 and for Key Stage 2.

Children are selected to be reading ambassadors based on their attitude towards reading and their passion for books and all things reading.

Their responsibilities include:

  • Creating reading competitions for the whole school
  • Organising and rating school libraries
  • Updating libraries with up-to-date texts
  • Organising and designing our Reading Sheds
  • Producing a monthly newsletter about reading at Dovedale
  • Listening to younger children read
  • Reading to younger children
Our reading ambassadors meet regularly with Mr Roberts to discuss ideas to raise pupil engagement and develop a passion for reading throughout the school.


At Caythorpe Primary School we value every part of the writing process and to develop our pupils as enthusiastic writers. We plan for progression in the teaching and learning of writing using different strategies for giving appropriate support at each stage of the writing process. 

Children will be given as many ‘real’ reasons for writing as possible, incorporating cross curricular opportunities.  Writing will be for a range of purposes and audiences, including books, poetry, captions, lists, recipes, articles, letters, instructions, stories, reports, records, memos, experiments etc.

Film and drama will be used to enhance ideas and motivation for writing. Throughout the school children will have opportunities to be involved in the whole writing process of drafting, re-drafting and presentation. Children will be encouraged to improve their writing, considering increasing interest to the reader, using a rich vocabulary and different methods of presentation.

Grammar, spelling and handwriting is also taught as discrete lessons and as part of the writing in all subjects. Please see below our spelling and handwriting policies for more information.

Contact Mr Roberts our English lead teacher for more information.