Phonics, Reading and Writing at Horn's Mill

Horn’s Mill uses Read Write Inc by Oxford University Press to teach phonics and early reading. We also use a range of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree and Ginn Lighthouse for Home Reading and for additional reading sessions when children finish the RWI scheme.  From Y2 and into KS2 we use 'No nonsense Spelling' to follow on from Read Write Inc.  Please click on the spelling booklet below to find out more information on how this approach to spelling is taught.

If you would like to support your child/ren with Read Write Inc and Early Reading please download the document below.  There is also some useful information and activities on


From Year 2 through to Year 6, Horn’s Mill teach reading through whole class and guided group sessions.  During the whole class sessions, specific comprehension skills are developed using a variety of texts and genres.  During the guided sessions, specific reading skills, taken from the National Curriculum, are targeted and developed in small, focused groups, depending on individual needs. 

We use a variety of quality texts in KS2 for whole class and guided reading and for independent readers. Each classroom has a varied selection of books for the children to choose from that is updated regularly depending on class topics and reading interests.  DEAR time happens regularly from Year 1 throughout the school, where children and adults are encouraged to ‘Drop Everything and Read’.


Previously, our school was involved in “The Primary Writing Project.” This project supported our school to raise standards in writing, using the basic principles of initiatives such as ‘talk for writing’ and ‘grammar for writing’. We worked with a cluster of schools over two years, sharing expertise and improving writing across the school.  Following this training, Horn's Mill has looked at supporting all children to master the curriculum skills for their year group.  We ensure that the skills being taught are progressive across the year.  To support this mastery approach, at Horn's Mill we use skills grids for each year group in both reading and writing which are broken down from the National Curriculum. This ensures that children are taught the skills that they need in a progressive way. Training has been accessed from a local consultancy firm called The Literacy Company who have provided the grids. Parents are welcome to look at these grids in school if they wish.  

An overview of the texts and genres that each class will be studying in their English Lessons is available below.