Chapel Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 2AD


Ryhill Junior, Infant And Nursery School

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'The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.' Dr Seuss


In English pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop their skills as a writer through transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

Pupils will be able to develop their skills as a writer by:

  • Writing for a range of contexts including different purposes and audiences
  • Practising writing throughout the school day and across all subjects
  • Develop their understanding of different types of punctuation and the impact it has on the reader
  • Expressing their own unique ideas through the texts they write
  • Choosing the words they write carefully for effect
  • Carefully organising their writing
  • Learning how to spell key words correctly in their writing
  • Practising their handwriting making sure that it is correctly formed to make sure others can read it


At Ryhill Junior, Infant and Nursery School, we highly value reading and understand that reading is fundamental to function in today's society. Reading is a life skill that needs to be taught, nurtured and developed from an early age. Reading begins with our youngest children in our nursery setting.

We teach reading skills through daily guided reading sessions and by listening to pupils read individually. Pupils read often and have access to a range of books from our school library, class reading areas and also our reading scheme. We encourage all our pupils to read regularly at home.

In school we follow the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme but also supplement this with the Phonics Bug Club and Rigby Star schemes. This helps young children learn key words which they will see and use often. It also introduces them to familiar characters which they will follow through a range of stories. As pupils become confident in their reading they will then be provided with a large range of books from other publishers. Our reading scheme provides a wide range of high quality reading books, which include poems, stories and information texts. Our guided reading scheme follows the national coloured book banding system and includes a range of books from many different publishers including Oxford University Press and Rigby Star.

If you would like to know more about our reading scheme or how you can help at home please call into school and speak to your child’s class teacher.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One phonics is taught following Letters and Sounds. Letters and Sounds begins in nursery with phase 1, which involves listening to and matching sounds including everyday sounds within the environment. This then moves onto phase 2 which introduces the letter sounds and names of the alphabet. At this phase pupils are taught how to blend and segment sounds within words. Once pupils are confident with the letters and sounds of the alphabet they will be introduced to more complex sounds for example digraphs and trigraphs. A digraph is a single sound, or phoneme, which is represented by two letters and a trigraph consists of three letters.

As pupils progress into Year 2, spelling continues to be taught using Letters and Sounds and 'Support for Spelling.' Throughout school, pupils will be given spellings to learn at home on a weekly basis as part of their homework.

Phonics is taught in the morning through a short 20 minute session, which follows a sequence of revisit, teach and apply. Each phonics session provides pupils with the opportunity to practise and apply their phonic skills through reading and writing.

At the end of Year 1 pupils complete a statutory phonics screening task which assesses pupil’s phonic knowledge and ability to segment and blend sounds in order to read a range of real and nonsense words. Throughout the year we hold phonic workshops and meetings for parents to attend. In addition to this you will also find a section on our website named 'Phonics help@ which contains many resources for you to use with your child at home.