At Warmingham C of E Primary, we nurture a love of literature and language, and instil children with the confidence to continue reading and writing throughout their lives. As detailed in our English policy, our aims are to encourage children to:

  • read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding;
  • be able to orchestrate a full range of reading cues (phonic, graphic, sight and contextual) to monitor their reading and correct their own mistakes;
  • understand the sound and spelling system and use this to read and spell accurately;
  • have fluent and legible handwriting;
  • have an interest in words and their meanings and a growing vocabulary;
  • know, understand and be able to write in a range of genre in fiction and poetry,
  • and understand and be familiar with some of the ways in which narratives are structured through basic literary ideas of setting, character and plot;
  • understand, use and be able to write a range of non-fiction texts;
  • plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing;
  • have a suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their reading and writing;
  • be interested in books, read with enjoyment and evaluate and justify their preferences;
  • develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.


At Warmingham we believe that from EYFS and Year One, children ‘Learn to Read’ enabling them from Year Two to ‘Read to Learn. This is our reading slogan that can be seen in every class. As soon as the children start school they begin to learn that all print carries meaning. We have a structured and multifaceted approach to the teaching of reading at our school. This includes: 

  1. The teaching of synthetic phonics through the Letters and Sounds and Phonics Play programmes.
  2. The use of reading assistants for one to one reading sessions.
  3. Guided reading sessions that happen every day to develop specific reading skills of individuals as identified by the class teacher. These are led by the class teachers and teaching assistants.
  4. Whole class reading sessions.
  5. Independent reading time where the children are encouraged to choose an age appropriate book of their choice to read for enjoyment.
  6. In Key Stage Two, discrete Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) lessons happen as part of the daily English lesson which support the understanding of a range of texts.

We use picture books, novels and factual texts to engage and stimulate learning, ensuring children enjoy high quality writing that elevates their knowledge and understanding. Children are encouraged to read widely both in and outside school.


Phonics is recommended as a strategy that children should be taught in the early stages of learning to read. It is a way of decoding written letters and spoken sounds. This approach to learning to read encourages children to decode words by sounds, rather than by recognising whole words.

Learning to read is like cracking a code, so teaching phonics is a way of teaching children to crack the code.  As reading is the key to learning it is important that we teach phonics clearly and systematically; the order of teaching these sounds has been carefully planned at Warmingham so that children can start reading complete words as soon as possible.


In Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, children use their phonics skills to spell words as well as learning the High Frequency words (including tricky words). As children progress through the school, they are taught spelling rules and patterns. All children are expected to learn their spellings as part of their home learning and daily SPaG sessions.


Learning to make the transition from spoken to written language is a key skill for children to learn as early as possible. This transition is made through exposure to a wide variety of written texts and through purposeful opportunities to practise their developing skills.

At Warmingham, we use a variety of teaching approaches to encourage and achieve the highest quality writing outcomes. Listed below are just a few of the approaches we use:

  • Shared writing 
  • Reading aloud and re-reading
  • Drama and role play
  • Story mapping
  • Writing in role
  • Debate and argument

We are lucky at our school to have a talented staff team who share expertise and good practice with each other on a daily basis. In addition to this, we use aspects of the scheme ‘Talk for Writing’ to support the pupils learning. All attempts at writing are valued at our school and we aspire towards every child being a  successful writer.

Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening activities are purposefully woven throughout our curriculum from EYFS to Year Six. Good oral work enhances pupils' understanding of language, in both oral and written forms, and of the way language can be used to communicate. As children develop, we foster their understanding of speech and their abilities to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas in words.



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Warmingham Primary School

School Lane,
Sandbach, CW11 3QN

Main Contact: Samantha Mellor - Headteacher

Tel: 01270 526260