Oak Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 0HH

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King's Oak Primary School, Oak Road, Bedford, MK42 0HH Tel: 01234 220480 Email: enquiries@kingsoakprimary.co.uk

'Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow'

Maths & English

Reading Intent

At King’s Oak Primary we believe that reading is an essential life skill and we are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers.

At the heart of our strategy is our drive to foster a love of reading, enriching children’s learning through carefully designed teaching activities that utilise imaginative stories and thought provoking texts.

Reading is a skill that enables children to develop their learning across the wider curriculum and lays the foundations for success in future lines of study and employment. We recognise the importance of taking a consistent whole-school approach to the teaching of reading in order to maximise progress and close any gaps, both historic and those created from the pandemic, and to target the highest possible number of children attaining the expected standard or higher.

We have high expectations of all children and we encourage children to challenge themselves. 

Reading Policy

Phonics Policy

English at King’s Oak Primary School

Being able to read and write is one of the greatest life skills that we can give children at primary school and we are passionate in ensuring that this is the case at King’s Oak.


Read Write Inc

At King’s Oak, we use Read Write Inc across the school to develop our pupils' phonics skills. The following link explains what this scheme aims to achieve and how you can help your child.

Read Write Inc for parents  https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about Read Write Inc

The National Curriculum Aims

Primary National Curriculum for English 


Progression in English

 The following links to documents show the age related goals and how children progress in English at King’s Oak Primary.

 Writing Progression Ladder

Reading Progression Ladder

Supporting learning

These websites may help support your child with their learning in literacy

Roy the Zebra https://www.roythezebra.com/

Oxford Owl 


 We are planning on holding different events during school this year to support literacy such as our Book Week. We will update you with details on these nearer the time.

Writing Intent

We have a carefully planned curriculum in writing which covers the full breadth of the National Curriculum. Learning is progressive and links are made to support children knowing and remembering more: this helps to prepare them for the next stage of their learning and education. 

At King’s Oak Primary School, we strive to help our children show excellence and develop into articulate and imaginative communicators, who are well-equipped with the basic skills they need to become life-long learners; English learning is key in this.

 We intend to do this in this by: 

  • Children developing a genuine love of language and the written word, through a text-based approach; this links closely to the way we teach reading, as the text that we use in writing lessons, where possible, is the same text as the one that we use in guided reading lessons.
  • Exposing our children to high quality texts that model excellent writing practises across a broad range of genres and themes relevant to them, building on their citizenship, cultural capital and understanding of the world around them.
  • Our children to have a secure understanding of the purpose of a text type, the purpose and intended impact of writing skills/tools and the ability to carefully select vocabulary with focus on the desired effect on the readers’ thoughts and feelings so that the impact of their writing is positive.
  • Making careful links across the curriculum to ensure that children’s English learning is relevant and meaningful: where possible linking our reading, writing and the topic that we are covering in History and Geography.
  • Ensuring that children develop an understanding of how widely writing is used in everyday life and, therefore, how important and useful the skills are that they are learning.
  • Creating writers who can re-read, edit and improve their own writing, and enable pupils to be able to confidently use the essential skills of spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Setting high expectations for all our children to take pride in their work and have a fluent, cursive handwriting style alongside their imaginations to flourish.
  • Being inclusive of all children by providing the appropriate scaffolding, support and writing tools those children need in their writing process to experience success.
  • Targeting the highest possible number of children attaining the expected standard or higher.

 We have high expectations of all children and we encourage children to challenge themselves and demonstrate excellence in all they do.



Maths at King’s Oak Primary School

A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At King’s Oak, children have a daily maths lesson which lasts one hour. As well as this, they have an additional 15 minutes developing mental strategies and skills such as times tables and key facts that they need to be successful mathematicians.


The National Curriculum Aims:

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Progression in Maths

The following links to documents show the age related goals and how children progress in Maths at King’s Oak Primary.

Maths Progression Ladder

Times tables 

It is really important that your child learns their times tables. This will help them in all maths in their future. Please support them at home with doing this. YouTube is a great resource with this, with many videos teaching times tables to popular songs.

YouTube www.youtube.co.uk 

My Maths

My Maths is a maths online programme that we use to support our home learning. Each child in the school has an individual login and will be set homework to complete on this.

My Maths https://www.mymaths.co.uk/