Making links to existing learning is key to children’s understanding and so all our English work is strongly linked to the half-termly topic. Rich texts, fiction and non-fiction are used as part of our daily reading lessons and support the daily writing lesson. We follow the National Curriculum year group expectations for English.

You can view the objectives they will be taught, in both writing and reading, in the documents below:

To view the curriculum map showing how the topic links with English, please see the relevant year group page.


Words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. This helps children to learn to read words and to spell words. At Osidge, we teach phonics using the ‘Read Write Inc. Phonics’ Programme. This is a phonics resource aims to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

Parents can learn more about the Read Write Inc. Phonics Programme on the Oxford Owl website.

Reading at home: Whilst children are following the Read Write Inc. Phonics Programme, they will bring home a book from this scheme, which is matched to their current phonics learning. In addition to this,  we encourage children to visit the library, read widely and to listen to adults reading stories and books to them. All children have a reading book that they take home; we recommend that children should read at home daily to support their language and vocabulary development, and their reading fluency.

Suggested Reading List for Independent Readers

Please note that the books suggested are only guidelines. Children’s ‘emotional level’ may be different to their reading level, so be mindful of that when making book choices.

Supporting your Child’s Learning

For information on how you can support your child at home with their English education, please visit the English section of our Supporting your Child’s Learning page.