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*Please refer to our Little Wandle Phonics page for information on how we teach reading through Phonics at Carrington Infant School* 


At Carrington Infant School we value reading as a life skill, and believe that all children deserve the opportunity to become life-long learners, regardless of their starting points.

From Reception to Year 2, we strive to deliver high quality teaching, from Phonics lessons to Guided Reading, from vocabulary to comprehension. We aim to nurture children as readers who want to read, and who enjoy a range of genres.

By teaching the techniques needed to read with fluency and understanding, as well as inspiring a love of reading, we believe all children can become independent and confident readers.


Writing starts in Reception as early mark making and developing the skills to hold a pencil. We teach letter formation and follow the Nelson Handwriting Scheme.

We use Literacy Counts, Read to Write programme to provide a structure for teaching writing throughout the school. This focusses on having exciting hooks into writing, using real life experiences to engage children to write. 

Read to Write also develops speaking and listening skills, makes links with key taught vocabulary, and allows children to imitate stories and then make up their own. 

All classes have a working wall with English and writing information on them. You will see story maps in different formats around the school, and lots of examples of the children's own work. 



We use the Nelson Spelling Scheme throughout CIS. Year 2 also have separate Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar lessons. We have lots of spelling reminders around the classrooms and children can create their own dictionaries to support independence. 


We have developed a whole school progression document that incorporates both the Reading and Writing end of year expectations and details how they are taught across Key Stage 1

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