At Corngreaves Academy, we aim to provide all children with a broad and balanced reading and writing curriculum using a range of quality texts to give exposure to a range of themes that will prepare them for the wider world. We strive to produce learners who are independent and driven through a stimulating and motivational journey which fosters passionate readers and writers.

We follow a curriculum which is research based and underpinned by key scientific evidence. Our curriculum allows for interleaving across subjects to support cognitive load and enable key connections to be made. We believe that vocabulary is fundamental to unlocking knowledge and understanding and so this is threaded through our entire curriculum.

Thematic Literature Spine

Throughout their time at Corngreaves, children will follow our core Literature Spine which explores: heritage texts; BAME authors and protagonists; strong female role models and texts centred around specific social, ethical and moral issues. A range of authors will be explored including famous authors and ‘the Greats’, as well as authors children may be initially unfamiliar with. Children will also be exposed to texts written by experts specifically designed for our programme of study to enhance and support the core texts. This enables children to foster their love of reading and broaden their choice, showcasing that there is a book for everyone.


Writing is taught through the delivery of core skills centred around a written outcome. We carefully select an age-appropriate, aspirational text to support the writing journey and provide children with rich vocabulary and the opportunity to take inspiration from experts (published authors). Skills are revisited across year groups to ensure children are able to confidently recall and manipulate these tools in their own writing.

*Please note that some classes may follow an alternative writing journey where appropriate in line with identified cohort needs.


EYFS and Key Stage One children receive phonics lessons four times per week following the Ruth Miskin Programme RWi, until they have been assessed as having completed the phonics programme and have demonstrated the fluency required to venture beyond Grey Storybooks. Once secure, children will access reading comprehension during this time, following our core literature spine. As this transition occurs within Year 2, children in Year 1 access weekly guided reading sessions facilitated by a team of highly skilled practitioners to: introduce appropriate reading domains; develop vocabulary understanding; support fluency and build oral comprehension skills in line with their reading level.  Accessing reading comprehension from Year 2, enables all children to be exposed to the full range of texts within our literature spine. It also allows all children to access the interleaving that takes place between subjects and provides all children the opportunity to develop key reading (word reading and comprehension) and writing skills.

Reading is taught through the explicit delivery of reading domains from Year 2 onwards, with Key Stage Two children accessing whole-class reading four times a week. Reading domains are regularly revisited to secure the skill of comprehension and the tools we use to connect a text to full understanding. This is delivered in small steps and sequenced in books using question structure strips, which reduce cognitive load for the child and act as a prompt to remind them of the journey they have been on throughout the lesson. The structure of the lesson consists of exposure to challenging vocabulary; a mixture of reading techniques; explanation; worked example; attempt; apply and challenge.   

Reading enables children access to expert writers to enable them to make connections between the authorial style and skill they see as a reader, to how they can develop themselves as writers.


We follow the Kinetic Letters approach for handwriting across the school. This allows children to learn through movement and multisensory experiences. It is a physical programme that develops concentration and motor skills whilst learning how to form and join letters correctly. 


As a school we also follow the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ programme. This encourages children to develop a wide range of spelling strategies, that are best suited to their own needs and learning styles, to help them become competent and accurate writers.

Please click below to find out more about our Thematic Literature Spine.

Please click here to find out more about our Thematic Literature Spine.

Please click here to find out more about our Long Term Reading Map.

Please click here to find out more about our Long Term Writing Map.

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