At Little Bowden, helping our children become confident and independent learners who are able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, is central to our literacy and reading strategies.

Our aim in teaching English is for our children:


  • to become enthusiastic readers and writers

  • to use their English skills across every area of the curriculum

  • to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for pleasure and information

  • to acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

  • to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

  • to become confident speakers and listeners. At Little Bowden your voice is heard!


Our Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) Programme is Read Write Inc. We are working closely with the English Hub team and the RWI consultant to effectively embed the programme across the school.

Phonics - What is Read Write Inc Phonics? 

Phonics - Our Daily RWI lessons in EYFS and KS1


Oracy - The Spoken Language

EYFS - CURRICULUM Communication and Language

EYFS - CURRICULUM for Literacy

KS1 Reading at Little Bowden

KS1 Writing at Little Bowden

KS1 Reading Journey

KS2 English Curriculum


KS1 Reading Spine


Our KS1 Reading Spine has been carefully selected to ensure that our children are exposed to a broad range of high-quality texts: including poetry, fiction and non-fiction, by both current and traditional authors and illustrators. Progression is developed through the year groups and recurring tales or themes allow our children to learn how stories can adapt and change.

This is by no means an exhaustive list and it is subject to frequent revision.


EYFS - Reading spine

Year 1 - Reading spine

Year 2 - Reading spine