Sandcross Primary School

Inspiring Lifelong Success



Intent - What does Reading look like at Sandcross?


Our inspiring and exciting English curriculum here at Sandcross will enable our children to be avid readers who read fluently and widely and are able to express preferences and opinions confidently. We want them to read for pleasure, having had access to a wide range of text types, genres and authors in order for them to make informed opinions about their favourites. We want to develop children who write with confidence and accuracy for a variety of purposes and audiences whilst using a rich vocabulary and developing their own individual style. We expect our children to be able to write with grammatical accuracy and be able to apply spelling patterns correctly using a cursive handwriting style. 


Implementation - So, how are we going to deliver this? 


  1. Read Write Inc, a program to help to children start their reading journey
  2. Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily at school and encouraging home reading too.
  3. Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home


At Sandcross we use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) to give children the best possible start with their reading and writing. We have put together a guide to how the RWI programme works together with some useful links.


Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7.


RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at


How is RWI taught?

All children are assessed regularly by our RWI lead teacher so they work with children at the same level. This allows complete participation in lessons.



The children will: 

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts – 
  • learn to read words using Fred talk and sound blending
  • read from a range of storybooks and non-fictions books matched to their phonic knowledge
  • work well with partners
  • develop comprehension skills in stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It' discussion questions.



 The children:

  • learn to write and form the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds with the help of fun phrases
  • learn to write words by using Fred Talk
  • learn to build sentences by practising sentences out loud before they write



The children work in pairs so that they:

  • answer every question
  • practise every activity with their partner
  • take turns in talking and reading to each other develop ambitious vocabulary


Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions: 

Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they should be thinking about

Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning

Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability

Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning

Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally.


Further up the school we introduce children to retrieval, interpretation and choice within their reading and children use Destination Reader and whole class texts at appropriate age levels.  Children are encouraged to broaden their reading genre and enhance their vocabulary skills by doing so.  In lessons children will delve deeper into the meaning of words and how these can then be applied into everyday contexts, when speaking and writing.  The further up the school the children go, we strive to build that love and passion for reading within them because “the journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page”.


Impact - What difference is this curriculum making to our children? 

Reading at Sandcross opens the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give the children at Sandcross the tools to become independent life-long learners, with increased vocabulary and a lifelong love of reading and books.




Intent - What does Writing look like at Sandcross?

Our aim at Sandcross is to encourage children to be independent writers for a range of audiences and purposes across different text types. Pupils will be taught to apply their writing skills across all curriculum subjects and themes which have been carefully developed around quality, challenging texts.


Our Writing curriculum is designed to challenge, develop and nurture the “Whole Child‟ with a mission of “Inspiring Lifelong Success‟. 


Implementation - So, how are we going to deliver this? 

Within the Early Years setting, children are encouraged to begin making marks on paper, before learning correct letter formation and using their understanding of phonics to build words and form sentences. 

At Sandcross we have adopted "The Write Stuff" by Jane Considine to bring a whole school approach to the mechanics of writing.  We use "Sentence Stacking" to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can then immediately apply to their own writing.  


Each writing lesson is based on a sentence model, broken into three chunks: 
Initiate section – a stimulus to capture the children’s imagination and set up a sentence. 
Model section – the teacher close models a sentence that outlines clear writing features and techniques. 
Enable section – the children write their sentence, following the model. 

Children are challenged to ‘Deepen the Moment’ which requires them to draw upon previously learnt skills and apply them to their writing during that chunk.  

"The Write Stuff" also reinforces grammar through the use of: 
The FANTASTICS which are an acronym that summarise the ideas of writing. 
The GRAMMARISTICS is a classroom tool that enables the teacher to drive key grammar messages. 
The BOOMTASTICS which helps children capture 10 ways of adding drama and poetic devices to writing in a vivid visual.  
Punctuation is taught through the “non-negotiables” of the Writing Laundry and the Grammaristics so that children never forget to clean up their writing. 

Spelling: In the EYFS and KS1, children are given a set of spellings to learn through a variety of multi-sensory methods using the Read Write Inc approach. In KS2, spelling patterns are learnt. and Purple Mash  is used to support differentiated spelling learning. Children are tested weekly in class. 

Impact - What difference is this curriculum making to our children? 

Children at Sandcross flourish in their English learning and enjoy a life-long love of reading and writing.   Pupils have a wide vocabulary that they use within their spoken and written work to communicate effectively and confidently and write for a range of meaningful purposes with accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation and legible handwriting.