Phonics, Spelling, Reading and Writing

At Horn’s Mill, we use Read Write Inc by Oxford University Press to teach daily phonics and early reading in Reception and KS1. 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 the parent section of the RWI website and on

Once children have completed the Read Write Inc programme (Ready Steady Read), we continue to develop children's fluency skills and focus on developing their reading comprehension skills.  We use Big Cat texts as home readers throughout KS2, to support the development of fluency and comprehension skills.  In KS2, children take part in whole class reading lessons daily, which aim to further develop their reading skills to ensure that they leave Horn's Mill as confident readers who have a good understanding of what they are reading.  For further information on the texts that children will be using in KS2, please see the attached reading spine.  Some of these texts will be read completely and extracts will be used for others.

We use a variety of quality texts in KS2 for whole class, small group and independent reading. Each classroom has a varied selection of books for the children to choose from that is updated regularly depending on children's stage of development, 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’.

From Y2 and throughout KS2 we use the Read Write Inc Spelling programme.  This is an engaging sequence of lessons that aim to ensure that children are taught the spelling requirements set out in the National Curriculum. Further information is available on the class pages in the home learning documentation, letting you know what you can do at home to help your child/ren with their spellings.

We aim to ensure that the writing skills being taught are progressive across the year and between year groups.  To support this mastery approach, at Horn's Mill we use 'Pathways' planning  from The Literacy Company.  Units of learning are planned ensuring that key writing skills for each year group are taught logically and are delivered through quality texts.   

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