Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

At Warkworth C of E Aided Primary school we have a values based curriculum and so each half term we focus on a Christian value which will then be woven through all curriculum areas.  In KS1 and KS2, we have a cross-curricular curriculum which links all subjects under one topic (please see topic plans at the bottom of the page). In English, our pupils follow Read Write Inc.  (RWI) from Reception to Year 2 and from then we use the Hamilton English schemes of work (further information below). In maths, all year groups also follow the planning from Hamilton maths.  Our music curriculum is based on Charanga - and on-line teaching resource and French is taught as a modern foreign language, PHSE is taught using the SEAL resources and our RE Curriculum is taught using  a combination of the Newcastle and Durham Diocese scheme of work, Understanding Christianity and world religions. 

If you would like to know more about your child's curriculum, please make an appointment to see your child's class teacher or see our overview sheets at the bottom of the page . A snapshot of the children enjoying the curriculum can also be seen in our Gallery section. 

What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a consistent, rigorous and dynamic literacy programme to teach EVERY child to read by the age of six. Using synthetic phonics, children quickly learn to blend letter sounds together following a fun and effective programme.

Why have we switched to RWI?
The RWI programme has been proven to be a very successful method of teaching every child to read and write using phonics. Evidence of this can be found in the Ofsted Report, Reading by six: how the best schools do it.

Who will be following the programme?
All children in the school have been assessed and have been put into groups at the appropriate level for them. Some children will follow their normal Literacy lessons due to the completion of the RWI modules.The framework for these lessons will be the new proposed National Curriculum with key aims that include:

  • Reading for fluency and understanding, pleasure and information
  • Acquiring vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Writing clearly, accurately and coherently
  • Speaking and listening through formal presentations, debate and discussion

How often will my child read with a teacher?
Children will read their RWI books every morning with a trained member of staff (Eg. the class teacher, teaching assistant, or other support staff). These books will be kept in school. Your child will still bring home a reading book for you to share and it is still important that you read with, share books and listen to your child read. For those children who are not yet at the stage of RWInc reading books, blending for reading occurs throughout the carpet session and within their group work. This maybe green word cards, single words or short sentences and captions.

Where can I find out more about RWI?
The official Read Write Inc website, provides all the information you need to support your child through the programme. Further information can also be found at You can also speak to your class teacher if you have any queries.