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Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School


English Lead: Mrs Sarah Owen

English Knowledge Organiser

Phonics and Reading Schemes


From Reception to Year 2, children follow the Song of Sounds phonics programme.  Spelling patterns, rather than traditional lists, are taught within class and set homework activities follow the investigative approach, allowing children to develop their skills in applying their knowledge of spelling. In addition, the children learn the list of words found in the Spelling Appendix from the National Curriculum for their year group.  In KS1, weekly dictation activities consolidate the spelling patterns of the week.


KS2 uses words from the National Curriculum 2014 Spelling Appendix and topic based words.  Weekly spelling patterns are explored and a range of learned and unseen words are tested the following week.  Time is allocated for weekly testing of spellings. Proof-reading, editing and redrafting are also focus skills. 



Children have the opportunity to choose reading books from a carefully selected range of books within their own classroom. The books are rotated regularly to ensure the children have exposure to as many high quality texts as possible.


A range of reading schemes are used within the school including those listed below:


  • Ginn
  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Oxford Literacy Web
  • Treetops- Oxford University Press
  • Dandelion Launchers- Phonic Books
  • Project X
Below are some reading lists for each year group. They are a starting point but remember that great, new books are released all the time. You can talk to class teachers for further recommendations and we also have a wishlist at Waterstones online which is updated on a regular basis. You can just use this list as a booklist for ideas. We highly recommend that you join and use local libraries-  staff there will be happy to guide you too.