Reading, Writing and Maths

Our families tell us how much they value the basic skills of reading, writing and maths and we agree!  You can find out what classes are learning by visiting their class pages.

Phonics and Early Reading

At Sutton CP School, children in KS1 take part in high quality phonics sessions every day. These are fun sessions involving lots of speaking, listening, songs and games, where the emphasis is on children’s active participation. We follow the Letters and Sounds document as a basis of our Phonics teaching, enhanced by the kinaesthetic and auditory learning principles of Jolly Phonics in YR. The children learn fun actions and songs to help them to learn the sounds that the letters can make.

Like all Y1 Pupils our children take part in the National Phonics Screening Assessment, usually in early June each year. You can read more about this assessment by clicking here.

We ensure the children feel secure with the foundations of Phase One of the Letters and Sounds document (listening for sounds, speaking and discriminating sounds in words) before we move on to the next phases, learning various letters and sounds, blending to read and segmenting to write.

Reading across school is promoted through:

  • the library
  • independent reading
  • guided reading
  • class novels
  • reading for purpose
  • reading for pleasure


Writing is a key skill promoted from the day pupils start school.  Every opportunity is taken to promote writing across school. 

For more details please read the Literacy policy here.


In school we follow the Maths No Problem scheme from Y1 to Y6. This is a scheme based on mastery principles and promotes in depth understanding.  Alongside this there are opportunities for pupils to further develop fluency and problem solving skills. The calculation policy here gives lots of detail of the methods used within maths and explains the progression in different calculations. The Maths policy here explains how maths is organised across school.

There are a range of activities that you can do at home to help your child love maths here.