Linaker Reads and Linaker English progression documents:

Reading progression
Writing progression
Grammar Progression

Learning to Read

Linaker Reads is a whole school structured programme for daily whole class shared reading through carefully crafted units of work linked to high quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts.  Several of these texts are linked to foundation subjects.

Linaker Reads provides a clear teaching sequence to reading lessons that explicitly teach reading skills and strategies in a cumulative way through evidence-based approaches. The entire statutory curriculum for reading is covered from EYFS to Y6.

Linaker English empowers teachers to provide high-quality teaching of writing through children’s high-quality literature. The units of work centre on engaging, vocabulary-rich texts, with a wealth of writing opportunities.   Several of these carefully selected Vehicle Texts have strong thematic links to the Science, History and Geography curriculum.

Linaker English is evidence-based teaching of writing.  The entire statutory curriculum for writing is covered for each year group.

Key to successful writing are the core technical skills of punctuation and spelling and following on from RWI, spelling continues to be taught using the Oxford Owl resources. The link below to a parental support page on the Oxford Owl website, shows the level of spelling expectations at Primary School and has several helpful ideas for how families can support children in learning to spell.
Support Your Child's Spelling- (Oxford Owl Website)

Linaker is a Read Write Inc. school, we use this highly successful systematic phonics program from Ruth Miskin Training to ensure that phonics is taught and assessed thoroughly throughout the school.

Staff have been expertly trained in the delivery of the scheme and receive regular support and further training from our school lead Mrs Worthington and our RWI consultant.  We believe that delivering this scheme with fidelity and passion is key to raising standards in our children's early literacy.

All children in Reception and KS1 are taught using the scheme.  In addition the scheme is used for older children who need to catch up. Once children complete the RWI phonics programme they move into a reading comprehension group.  Most children complete the scheme by the end of the first term of Year 2.  They then join a reading comprehension group.

  • Understanding Phonics- This video explains: What the National Curriculum says about learning to read. Why learning to read and spell in English is more difficult than in other languages. How phonics can help.
  • What is Read Write Inc. Phonics?- This video explains: Why children love learning to read, write and spell using Read Write Inc. Phonics. How Read Write Inc.
  • Phonics works in school. How parents can help at home.
  • How to say the sounds- Learn how to pronounce pure sounds from Set 1 Sounds through to Set 3 with 5 year-old Sylvie.
  • Sound Blending- 'Sound-blending' describes how children learn to join sounds together to make words with Read Write Inc. Phonics. This video tutorial will help you support your child to practise sound-blending at home.

We also use 2 online systems to support the children in their reading and both of these can be accessed and used at home. The links below will take you to the logon pages for Reading Buddy and Reading Plus. For any help with signing in or any lost passwords, please speak to your child's class teacher.

With all the support available, we intend that all our children complete their time at Linaker as fluent and perceptive readers. The key to this is no secret - to become a better reader, you need to read! We encourage all our children to read daily at home as well as in school and we are happy to support parents in any way that we can to get their children reading at home. Please do speak to class teachers if there is anything we can do to help.


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