At Thurgoland C of E Primary School we aim to promote the development of a literate and articulate child, one who is able to approach both spoken and written forms of communication confidently. We provide pupils with the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to create a love of reading and inspire our children to read for enjoyment and foster a lifelong love for learning.  


We view phonics as a crucial element in teaching and learning in reading and writing. We use a systematic, synthetic approach where children quickly develop knowledge of the relationship between letters and sounds, words and sentences. Children are taught to blend and segment sounds easily and use a range of approaches to learn and spell irregular words.  

In Reception Class (EYFS) we teach discrete phonics sessions daily using the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme. This is a fun, fast paced and interactive phonic programme Children are taught listening skills and the skill of segmenting and blending orally and build on these skills and develop new phonic skills at a rigorous pace as they move through Reception. They are given opportunities to apply these in the context of reading and writing.  

In Key Stage One we continue to teach discrete phonics sessions using the RWI programme ensuring children have regular opportunities to apply their increasing phonic knowledge when reading a range of texts. Children continue to apply their phonic knowledge to their writing.  

For all children it is important that the texts are matched appropriately to their reading needs. Our aim is for all children to be fluent in set 1,2 and 3 sounds by the end of year 1. 


Children leave Thurgoland C of E Primary: 

  • With a love of reading and writing 
  • With an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage 
  • Able to read easily, fluently and with a deep understanding 
  • With the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information 
  • With a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language 
  • Able to articulate their thoughts, ideas and imagination orally and through the written word.

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