English is divided into Reading, Writing (including spelling and handwriting) and Speaking and Listening.
Our main reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree. We also encourage children to read non-fiction texts and poetry. We want all of our children to read for pleasure so children are encouraged to choose a free choice book once a week. We also have several reading stations positioned around our school and encourage children to ‘get caught reading” All children throughout the school are taught using a programme called Language and Literacy. The scheme engages teachers and children in the English curriculum through using high quality texts and creative teaching approaches.
From the Foundation stage until Year 3, children take part in daily synthetic phonics sessions. We follow the Ruth Miskin phonics scheme, also known as Read Write Inc.
Children are taught daily spelling, punctuation and grammar objectives and develop their extended writing skills by following Ros Wilson’s Big Write approach to composition.

The writing leader is Ms Rosa Aers, The reading leader is Mrs Elizabeth Waite.


BIG read

In September 2017 we rolled out the BIG read program for all children from year two to year six. Children are taught reading discreetly four times a week for forty-five minutes. Each half term children will have a whole class text that all reading lessons will be based on. These texts will be a mixture of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We will focus on the teaching of new and exciting vocabulary as well as age appropriate reading skills. Reading aloud is key to the BIG read and this will be a fundamental part of each reading lesson.

We aim to use a wide range of strategies to make reading engaging and exciting for all children.

If you have any questions about Reading at Tiverton please see Mrs Waite- Reading Leader


Sound Pronunciation Guide for parents/carers.

Download: English Curriculum Objectives


Ruth Miskin 


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We are a “Get Reading. Keep Reading. Change Everything.” school.

We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. Our children do well in the phonics screening check and by Year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.

Ruth Miskin Training recognise us for teaching the programme with fidelity and passion – we know what it takes to make reading and writing pleasurable and rewarding for our children.

This badge recognises that we:

  • Raise standards in reading and writing for our children
  • Are all expertly trained by Ruth Miskin Training – including our headteacher Resham Mirza.
  • Gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin trainer
  • Support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one teaching every day.

To visit the parent pages on the Ruth Miskin Training website go to: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/


Reading Buddies at Tiverton

At Tiverton we have a reading buddy scheme. Children from year 5 are partnered up with year 1 children. Each day they will read with their reading buddy. Reading to younger students can help develop a love of reading and a greater motivation to read. Younger students also read to their older buddies each week, as this allows younger readers to feel a sense of accomplishment while they build fluency. Because the program provides success in literacy, students often become more positive about their ability to read and may also improve their reading skills.
Here are some photos of the Reading Buddies at work.



World Book Day

At Tiverton, we celebrated World Book Day.
The theme of the day was ‘Our favourite stories’.
The main aim of the day was to enthuse the children and get them excited about reading. On this day the children and staff came to school in fancy dress. We dressed up as characters from our favourite stories. Children completed lots of activities based around their


Tiverton Newspaper

Tiverton Times


At Tiverton, we hold a weekly newspaper club where children research, develop and write newspaper articles about events happening throughout the school. They interview pupils and staff and work to write in the appropriate tone and format. This is a chance for them to build on their writing skills outside of the classroom. The newspaper, ‘The Tiverton Times’, is sold after school at the end of each half term.