National Curriculum –

Below you can find all of our curriculum documents.



Please note: Although PSHE is currently being taught in school, it is under review due to new government guidelines so will be updated a.s.a.p.



In our phonics lessons at Crooksbarn, children learn vital skills to support them in developing fluency in and enjoyment of reading throughout their education.

We follow a structured plan for teaching sounds which involves listening, reading and speaking, as well as using actions to support early recognition. The Letters and Sounds guidance is used to deliver a systematic and synthetic phonics programme in daily lessons throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1, with other teaching aids used to supplement teaching where appropriate.

Children are given a range of opportunities to apply their understanding of grapheme phoneme correspondence (GPC) during the school day in order to establish a strong foundation for reading as the children progress through school. Children display an excellent understanding of the terminology used in phonics and can apply feedback related to their phonetic understanding to correct spellings and read texts of increasing difficulty.

By the end of KS1 children should be correctly applying phonics learning in their writing to spell unfamiliar words and begin to grasp the way that sounds work in the English language. Children who fail to achieve a passing score in the Phonics Screening Test are targeted with consistent, high quality interventions to support them as they transition and progress through KS2. Staff across all key stages work closely to provide a seamless progression of phonics teaching throughout school which is closely matched to children’s ability.

Children in all year groups are expected to use graphemes correctly that they have been taught previously. Correctly applied sounds may be underlined to highlight children’s understanding and any incorrect sounds are to be addressed in future lessons.

We aim for Phonics to provide children with the earliest understanding of some of the wonderful stories that they can experience and to embed an early love of reading. Phonetically decodable books allow children to explore new characters and story lines independently. These are shared with adults at home to increase children’s confidence and to solidify their recognition of learnt sounds.