Maney Hill Primary School, Maney Hill Road, Sutton Coldfield

Maney Hill Road, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1JU
Tel: 0121 464 9673


At Maney Hill Primary School we teach a broad and balanced curriculum which includes the National Curriculum, Religious Education (taken from the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus) and Spiritual, Social, Moral and Cultural education. In addition, children learn about our school and its environment through our Local Curriculum.

We want all children to develop a love of learning and believe that children learn best through a wide variety of experiences including hands-on activities both in the classroom and outdoors, educational visits, using a range of technology and through more formal structured lessons. Teachers plan for the needs of all children, ensuring equality of opportunity and success for all.

Topics Overview

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Key Learning

Overviews of key learning objectives for certain subjects:

Subject Overviews

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Our Approach to Reading

Foundation and Key Stage 1

At Maney Hill Primary School we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using Read Write Inc, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using Read Write Inc to read the children will:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts;
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk;
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out;
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using Read Write Inc to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds;
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in 'Fred Talk';
  • write simple sentences;
  • compose stories based on picture strips;
  • compose a range of stories based on writing frames.

Using Read Write Inc:

  • children in the Early Years learn to read confidently and fluently;
  • older children with reading difficulties make fast progress;
  • children with specific learning difficulties learn to read.

Why does it work?

The systematic and lively programme is organised by an in-school manager.

All staff (teachers and assistants) are trained together by a RWI trainer who has taught and managed the programme (no cascade training is used).

In Key Stage 1, the children read and write for an hour each day, grouped according to their reading level. In Reception, they will have two, 20 minute sessions. Children do not struggle because the work is too difficult or get bored because the work is too easy.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2, the children are taught reading skills in both whole class and small groups. Children are introduced to a wide range of texts, covering a variety of different genres to engage and enhance their literacy skills.

Regular guided reading sessions allow teachers to listen to the children read and further develop their comprehension skills. Children may also be heard to read on a 1:1 basis. This allows the thorough and careful monitoring of children's progress in reading and aids the teacher in making accurate judgements and assessments.

Children are formally assessed three times a year and regular meetings are held to monitor our children's attainment and achievement. We assess the reading age of our children as well as making judgements against national averages.

In addition to individual and guided reading books, our children are encouraged to use our school library to enjoy a book at home. We are very fortunate to have a wide selection of texts that include picture books, fiction and non fiction texts. Each class has an allocated time per week to visit the library.

Parents will be invited into school to watch a reading lesson take place in school. This will give parents the opportunity to watch how different strategies are used to dcecode unfamiliar words and develop comprehension skills.

Our aim at Maney Hill Primary School is for all our children to leave school as confident readers.

Oxford Owl

We recommend Oxford Owl (external link) as a free website built to help you help your child learn to read and love to read.

  • Help your child's reading.
  • Over 100 FREE ebooks to enjoy with your child.
  • Phonics guide (including how to say the sounds correctly).
  • Ideas for motivating boys to read.
  • Great ways to keep up with reading in the holidays.
  • Reading games and activities.
  • It's free!