At Barton Clough we aim to create a love for reading through the exposure of a range of high quality texts that will develop children’s vocabulary and stimulate their imagination. Children are immersed in a world of pictures and words through the use of texts which are rich in meaning.  Our texts are chosen to challenge and enchant the children; they provide a ‘hook’ for children’s learning.


The Reading Curriculum at Barton Clough aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read widely and fluently with a secure understanding of what they have read.
  • Develop their comprehension skills through high quality discussions with their class teacher and peers.
  • Acquire and develop a wide range of vocabulary.
  • Develop a love of reading for pleasure and interest.
  • Become skilled in decoding words and recognise familiar words on sight.

To see our skills progression, click here Reading skills Progression

We believe that quality texts enrich learning. We use books to inspire our pupils and unleash creativity. Please click on this link to see which books we use in each year group Quality Texts Document

Reading at Barton Clough

Reading is a part of all aspects of the curriculum in EYFS and KS1 we use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and KS2 we use the Accelerated Reader scheme. We encourage as much reading as possible at school and at home. 

On Monday’s we welcome BBC reading volunteers in to school who work with children across KS1 and KS2 to practise reading skills.

Phonics and early reading

We use the Floppy Phonics Sounds and Letters Scheme to deliver a systematic synthetic teaching programme to our children. Children are taught Phonics daily in Nursery where they develop their listening skills though exploring environmental sounds, body percussion, instrumental sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and oral segmenting and blending. In Summer 2 Nursery children will then begin the Floppy Phonics Sounds and Letters Scheme. Reception daily Phonics teaching takes place and children begin to orally segment and blend phonemes into words working through Level 1, 2 and 3. In Year 1 children will revisit and review Level 3 and move onto Level 4 and 5 in order to fully prepare them for the Phonics Screening Test. Children who did not pass their Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1 then receive further Phonics teaching in Year 2.

For more information and to access ebooks linked to your child’s phonics phase, please click on the link https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

Please click on the link for a phonics Guide for parents https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/



At Barton Clough we have designed a curriculum to ignite a passion for the written and spoken language in all children. We believe that children should read and write creatively and be exposed to high quality texts to inspire them to write. Our learning structure seeks to combine a variety of creative, stimulating opportunities with access to visual tools and various different stimuli which seek to engage and enthral pupils to become writers.


The Writing Curriculum at Barton Clough aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • Reflect upon their writing journey and make improvements throughout.
  • Discuss and explain clearly their understanding and ideas of a text and their own writing.
  • Acquire a wide range of vocabulary.
  • Develop an understanding of grammatical techniques and use these in their writing.
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
  • Learn to spell words accurately through knowing the relationship between sounds and letters and the application of spelling rules and exceptions.
  • Develop a fluent and legible handwriting style.

To see our writing progression, please click here Writing progression