At Crick Primary School we follow a thematic approach to our teaching and learning which aims to engage and motivate our pupils.  Our curriculum is broad and balanced in that it offers a range of learning experiences which aim to develop transferable skills that can be applied across the curriculum.   Pupils cover one theme per long term, and where possible all subjects are linked to this theme.  Further information is available under the Curriculum Overviews tab on the menu. 


The school is currently following Government guidelines regarding the new national curriculum.


  • Pupils in years 1,2, 3, 4,5 and 6 must study the new national curriculum programmes of study, a full version of which can be found by clicking here.


New Key Stage 1 and 2 tests were introduced in July 2016, which was the first year children were tested under the new curriculum.


This stage occurs before the National Curriculum and provides a framework for your child’s learning in our Reception class.  Further details about the EYFS can be found by clicking here


Here at Crick Primary School we teach children to read using ‘Read Write Inc.’ The Read Write Inc. programme allows us to teach your children to read with accuracy and confidence, as well as helping your children to develop a love of reading.


During our Read Write Inc. sessions at Crick, we teach the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to use these when sounding out and blending words for reading (decoding) as well as spelling (encoding). Each sound has a rhyme to help children remember them and help them with their letter formation, these can be found here. As their confidence in decoding develops they are taught to comprehend what they have read through effective questioning. The Read Write Inc. scheme has 5 underlying principles that we use in our teaching sessions, the 5 P’s.

  • PACE –Children are all active and involved in a fun and creative way throughout.
  • PRAISE – teachers praise the children constantly using ‘Praise Phrases.’
  • PURPOSE – each activity has a very clear purpose linked to the sounds being taught.
  • PARTICIPATION – all children take part in the session through partner work and choral responses.
  • PASSION –We love teaching the sessions and this enthusiasm rubs off onto the children.


The official Read Write Inc. website has some very useful videos which demonstrate the pronunciation of the sounds


Please find some green words (words that can be segmented and blended) and red words (words that cannot be segmented and blended).

Green words - Set 1

Green words - Set 2

Green words - Set 3

Red words

Nonsense words


At Crick we want the children to love to read. Therefore we have a variety of phonics based reading books to get children started in their journey which are used from Reception. Once the children have built up a repertoire of sounds children move onto choosing a banded book, appropriate to their reading level. These include books from; Oxford Reading Tree, Treetops, Story world, Read Write Inc. and Project X. Children progress through the stages as their reading develops.


Once the children have completed the book banded books, the children will become free readers (at the discretion of the class teacher). Guided by the class teacher, the children then can choose their own reading book from the library. All children across the school have a reading record book. This is for you to record the reading your child completes at home.


As a school we promote reading for pleasure and aim to inspire a lifelong love of reading. Therefore we strongly encourage parents to help children understand what they are reading by asking them questions about their book, before, during and after reading.

Please use the comprehension bookmarks below to help with this questioning.

KS1 bookmark.

KS2 bookmark. 


Curriculum Plans:

An overview of our curriculum for the key skills of English and Mathematics are shown below:


Please click here to view our long term English plan

Please click here to view our long term KS1 Maths plan

Please click here to view our long term KS2 Maths plan


Our long term curriculum overview can be found here:

                Whole-School Curriculum Map