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St Barnabas

& St Paul's Church of England Primary School


Reception Curriculum Progression and Expectations


It is expected children will be secure at 40 - 60 months by the end of the Autumn term, begin working on the early learning goals in Spring term and securing these by the end of summer term.


  • The Letters and Sounds phonics scheme will be used to teach children the letter sounds and reading skills, with other regular opportunities to apply these.
  • Children will be able to decode words and read simple sentences. They will read common irregular words and make phonetically plausible attempts for new words. 
  • Children will be able to talk and demonstrate understanding about what they have read.  
  • Children will be able to write short sentences using their phonic knowledge and using phonetically plausible attempts for new or less familiar words. 




They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

A variety of home reading books, whole class reading books, words/captions on display in role play areas etc. and focused reading texts provide children with many stimulating opportunities to read. Adults check children’s understanding through discussion and questioning. 

They write simple sentences using strategies taught. 


*Think-say-write/finger spaces.  

Adults model how to write the sentence using correct sentence structure and spelling. Children are encouraged to use the strategies taught to think of the sentence, use their fingers to count the words, say it repeatedly and write it. They check for correct punctuation and if it makes sense by reading it back. Children are encouraged to write in a variety of contexts.

Children write some irregular common words. 



Children practice writing some common irregular words that they have learned to recognise and read. They have many opportunities to incorporate writing these irregular words within their sentences. Word mats and displays further support children with writing irregular words.

Children can read their own sentences and they can be read by others. 

Daily Literacy lessons support children to write their own sentences. Children are encouraged to read their writing back to others, particularly independent writing. Adults regularly check children’s writing to see if it can be read by them. This is further supported at internal moderation and moderation that takes place within the local authority.



  • Children will be able to decode using their phonic knowledge. Children will begin to read short stories/non-fiction texts as they read simple sentences. This will enable them to developing their understanding of the way stories are structured, vocabulary /language used and understanding that we can retrieve information from non-fiction texts. 
  • Children will be able to discuss and talk about what they have read; asking questions about language meaning and demonstrate reading comprehension for teacher assessment.  
  • Children will be able to transfer writing skills across the curriculum. They will become aware of its purpose and the needs of the reader (formation/sense etc.). Children will be able to communicate through writing, sharing ideas and be inventive with story language and structure.