Early Phonics and Reading

We aim to provide opportunities for learning that develop the children's ability to become effective communicators through skills such as listening, speaking, reading and writing and phonics.

At Willoughby Road Primary Academy we aim to immerse children in a rich reading environment and to give them the opportunity to explore a wide range of quality texts. This provision supports phonics, word recognition, comprehension and vocabulary development.

At Willoughby Road Primary Academy we use the a variety of phonics programmes including Letters and Sounds, Jolly phonics and Phonics Bug phonics programme. Phonics Bug is a Foundation and KS1 reading programme that makes teaching synthetic phonics fun and easy.

We also use the Bug Club guided reading scheme which works seamlessly with Phonics Bug, providing the opportunity to practise and apply phonic and tricky word knowledge within reading. All books are matched to the Letters and Sounds phases and Book Bands and all books are also available as ebooks. Bug Club is a whole school scheme ensuring continuity and progressions for all readers throughout school.

Alongside the teaching of phonics, there is also an important focus on comprehension and reading for enjoyment in our school. To encourage this, a variety of books are available to pupils of all ages, which are updated regularly.

Our Reading Strategy is a trust-wide approach to develop reading comprehension skills. It takes place EVERY day for a minimum of 30 minutes, incorporating age-appropriate, challenging texts, which are rich in vocabulary.

We have a close link with the local library and all children visit the library with the teacher and are encouraged to join in local reading events.


We provide opportunities for children to make sense of maths and enjoy investigating numbers and solving problems to develop the children’s mathematical understanding and confidence. Children also learn to apply these number concepts, interpret data, study shape and space and explore measurement through practical investigations and problem solving activities.

Maths at Willoughby Road Primary Academy follows the Same Day Intervention (SDI) model.

SDI is a trust-wide approach to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills in Maths.  It takes place every day across two sessions. This approach to teaching aims to ensure that no pupil is left behind, built on a culture that everyone can achieve.  The lesson is structured to allow marking and assessment time in the middle of the session, in order to provide appropriate intervention immediately to address any misconceptions as well as appropriate challenge.

During SDI, pupils who fully achieved the age-related expectation are given related tasks to further embed their understanding. Those that need extra support work with the class teacher in a guided group, and can also be supported by support staff. This lasts for approximately 20 minutes. During their independent tasks, children are able to self- marking their work in order to move on to the deeper learning mastery tasks. Our aim is to get as many children as possible to mastery as possible.

At Willoughby Road Primary Academy we also use Mathletics. This is an online maths programme that can be accessed at home and at school. It supports fluency and enables the children to earn rewards and compete against each other.


Specialist teachers and coaches are employed for PE to ensure children have access to the best possible teaching and to support the professional development of teachers and support staff.

In Year 4 children have a series of 10 weekly swimming lessons to ensure that all children learn to swim before they leave the school. The school uses Ridings Swimming Pool. There is no cost for parents. 

RE and PSHE 

Religious Education is delivered through the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus. 

At Willoughby Road Academy we strive to develop a strong sense of moral purpose in addition to a respect and understanding of people who have different characteristics to themselves, whether that be age, disability, gender, race or sexuality. A rigorous, well planned curriculum, delivered by excellent staff in an ethos of care, love and support enables our pupils to be well rounded, empathetic young people who have a thirst for learning and respect for all around them. 

Sex and relationship education is taught to all children, mainly in Years 5 and 6 or as becomes necessary. If parents do not want this taught to their child, they can withdraw them from these sessions.

We follow the North Lincolnshire PSHE curriculum allowing children to explore a variety of topics.

Road safety is taught throughout our school and our year 3 children have a series of lessons on how to cross the road safely and develop pedestrian skills. The children in Year 6 undertake a 2 day Bikeability course in October.

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