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Curriculum Information

We offer a broad, balanced, relevant curriculum accessible to all children, based on

the 2014 National Curriculum. We aim to develop knowledge, understanding and

experience of the World including promoting British values. Our curriculum is

designed to develop our pupil’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical skills

through a creative approach. We strive to enable our pupils to develop into happy,

confident, independent learners and creative thinkers who are prepared for the next

stage in their Education and for modern society. Our curriculum is designed to

promote skills based learning through cross-curricular themes.

Phonics is an important part of learning to read and write. At Northwick Park, we have chosen the Read, Write Inc. program to teach our Phonics through.  It is a progressive program which includes daily opportunities for reading and writing alongside discrete phonics teaching.


Phonics is taught in the EYFS and Key Stage 1 on a daily basis for 30 minutes in Reception and 1 hour in Key Stage One, using the Read Write Inc. Phonics scheme,together with planned intervention groups for children needing extra practise. Children are taught according to the Read, Write Inc. level they have been assessed as working in across the EYFS and then again across KS1.

Lessons aim to be interactive, stimulating and age appropriate and over the course of a daily session will cover:

• Sound recognition through discrete phonics teaching

• Application of phonics strategies for reading and writing

• Reading opportunities using specific texts at an appropriately challenging level.

• Writing opportunities including editing, sentence construction and structure, and extended writing pieces linked to the book the children are currently reading.

• Handwriting using the rhymes linked to each individual sound, children are taught to form and practise individual letter shapes. 

When formative and summative assessments show children are working securely within age expected levels, the Read, Write Inc. program will stop and the children will develop their reading, writing, grammar, punctuation and spellings skills in the daily English lesson.


Children are primarily taught to read supported by our phonic system of teaching.  At Northwick Park we use a range of reading scheme books, including PM books and the Oxford Reading Tree, to enable pupils to make progress with their reading skills at the appropriate level. We base our reading teaching on familiarity of the books that children are reading, as research has shown that confidence, fluency and expression develop in reading from continual practise and familiarity with the text. 

Children that are supported with their decoding in school are assessed on a half termly basis or when staff perceive that they are ready to move on, by a ‘Reading Recovery Program’ trained teacher. This ensure that progress continues and that the children are always reading books in school that will help to move their learning on (90-95% accurate, known as instructional level). 

Once the children are able to decode the text accurately and effortlessly the emphasis of the reading sessions in school shifts to developing their understanding of what they have read and increasing their speed, fluency and expression.

Book Bands Guide

Book Band Colour

RR Level


1, 2


3, 4, 5


6, 7, 8


9, 10, 11


12, 13, 14


15, 16


17, 18


19, 20


21, 22


23, 24

Stars 1/2

25, 26, 27

Stars 3/4

28, 29, 30


Curriclum Maps

These explain the learning and progress throughout the school year based on the terms. you will find each year group have made theirs available for viewing.

Please follow this link if you would like informationo the 2014 National Curriculum