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.


At Osidge, we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics scheme. Each child in Reception and Year 1 take part in discrete daily phonics lessons which follow the teaching sequence of Revisit/Review, Teach, Practise and Apply. These lessons take place either whole class or in small groups, based upon regular assessment, in order for children’s learning needs to be accurately matched.

In Year 2, children are taught a balance of both Phonic and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) lessons based upon their individual needs. At the end of Year 1, children take part in the national Phonics Screening, children are assessed on the ability to decode real and nonsense words.

Phonic lessons are explicitly and systematically taught in a fun and engaging way. We recognise that leaning phonics is a critical component in a child’s reading journey. Phonics combined with developing vocabulary, fluency and reading strategies to aid comprehension is the best approach to producing successful, lifelong readers.

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.