Phonics and Spelling

At Myton Park Primary School we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that linguistic phonics, delivered in a consistent and progressive manner, provides the foundations of key knowledge and skills, enabling our children to develop into fluent readers and confident spellers. Through regular, direct teaching of phonics, our youngest children learn to apply the alphabetic code while developing the key skills of blending, segmenting and phoneme manipulation. As they progress though school, our children develop their knowledge of the wider alphabetic code while continuing to apply their skills, enabling them to spell increasingly complex words.


As well as developing our children’s phonic knowledge so that they become fluent readers, we also aim to:

  • foster and develop their love of reading through exposure to a wide range of quality literature, read both independently and with adults
  • increase their comprehension of a variety of texts so that they can read for understanding, across the whole curriculum
  • develop their love for language through exploration of vocabulary, word meanings and associations

We achieve this through our strong commitment to and emphasis on reading throughout the whole school. Shared and whole-class guided reading sessions are built into the school timetable so that children are explicitly taught the skills of reading. A designated slot is provided at the end of each day for an adult to read a quality text to the class; these text have been carefully selected to ensure that they offer diversity and are of high quality. Regular reading events take place in school to encourage children to read at home and high engagement levels are maintained through positive incentives.


Our aim is that all pupils should be able to communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions effectively through their writing. Throughout their time at Myton Park Primary School, we want them to:

  • acquire and employ a wide range of vocabulary and a secure understanding of grammar.
  • pride in the presentation of their work, developing in KS2 to using a well-formed, fluent cursive style
  • write for a wide variety of purposes and to apply their writing skills across the curriculum
  • acquire independence as writers, developing their understanding of writing as a process involving the planning, drafting, evaluating and editing of their work
  • Have an awareness of audience and purpose that is fostered through discussion of model texts, with pupils being able to demonstrate their understanding by incorporating key features within their own writing.
  • write accurately and coherently, consciously adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.