Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

·         Listen to traditional tales.

·         Listen to a range of texts.

·         Learn some poems by heart.

·         Become familiar with a wide range of texts of different lengths.

·         Discuss books.

·         Build up a repertoire of poems to recite.

·         Use the class and school libraries.

·         Listen to short novels over time.

·         Read and listen to a wide range of styles of text, including fairy stories, myths and legends.

·         Listen to and discuss a wide range of texts.

·         Learn poetry by heart.

·         Increase familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths and legends,

·         traditional stories, modern fiction, classic British fiction and books from other cultures.

·         Take part in conversations about books.

·         Learn a wide range of poetry by heart.

·         Use the school and community libraries.

·         Look at classification systems.

·         Look at books with a different alphabet to English.

·         Read and listen to whole books.


Learning Objectives

·         To read words accurately

·         To understand texts



·         Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.

·         Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.

·         Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.

·         An excellent comprehension of texts.

·         The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.


·         Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.

Learning Objectives




Analysis and presentation

·         To present neatly

·         To spell correctly

·         To punctuate accurately

·         To write with purpose

·         To use imaginative description

·         To organise writing appropriately

·         To use paragraphs

·         To use sentences appropriately

·         To analyse writing

·         To present writing


·         The ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.

·         A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.

·         A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.

·         Well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.

·         Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.

·         A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.

Reading in KS1 at Outwoods Edge Primary School
 At Outwoods Edge Reading is taught in three ways at Key Stage 1. The skills of decoding words are taught daily for twenty minutes through the phonics scheme (See section on teaching of phonics). Understanding and comprehension of texts is taught daily through guided reading sessions and within English lessons. These lessons teach children how to search for information in texts, answer questions about what they have read, understand unfamiliar ideas and learn strategies for working out the meaning of unfamiliar words. Finally children practise their decoding and comprehension skills through reading one to one with adults. This may be the class teacher, LSA or other school based adult. We also request that children practise reading at home at least three times a week with an adult to secure the skills they have been learning in school. Some children will additionally receive extra support in reading from our ‘Reading Recovery Teacher’ on a daily basis. At Key Stage 1 children take books home from our Key Stage 1 library and are given opportunities to change their books regularly through the week. The library is banded into colours based on the difficulty of the text and children are directed by the teacher to what colour is appropriate for them to select books from. The colour bands contain books from a wide range of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and Big Cat Books. Children receive a reading diary for parents and teachers to communicate what children have been reading and how reading is progressing in class and at home.

Phonics at Outwoods Edge Primary School
At Outwoods Edge we teach the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme. This is a government recommended approach to teaching of synthetic phonics that is aimed at ensuring children can decode and spell a wide range of words by the end of Key Stage 1. Phonics is delivered from entry to the school at Foundation Stage through to Year 3. Any children not completing the scheme will receive further phonics support in Year 4 onwards through other interventions. Children are taught phonics daily for twenty minutes in groups of between 4 – 20. These groups may contain children of various age groups as children are grouped by ability so that they receive phonics teaching that is closely matched to their stage of understanding and development. Children learn phonics through a range of games, active learning and interactive teaching activities designed by the class teachers. Teachers assess children at least once every half term in phonics and children move between groups as needed. At the end of Year 1 children are tested for their phonic ability according to government guidelines through the statutory phonics screening test. Parents will be informed of the result of this test in a letter at the end of year will the child’s school report.

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