At St Maxentius, we give our children the very best. Through a supportive and purposeful curriculum, linked with National Curriculum objectives, we strive to ensure that all our pupils are able to succeed and find their unique talents and strengths. Our staff are committed to develop in each pupil, a love of learning, whilst developing the skills and values to support their all-round development.



At St Maxentius we intend to provide all children with phonological understanding to read words accurately and fluently.  Teachers and support staff are highly skilled in the teaching of phonics and pupils receive daily sessions of phonics. 

The school follows the DfE guidance for teaching letters and sounds (2007) and the school expects pupils to be phase 4 secure by the end of Early Years to enable pupils to be ready for their next stage of education and be able to fully access the requirements of the National Curriculum. Teachers use resources from Read, Write Inc. to support pupils in the acquisition of grapheme-phoneme correspondences, each new phoneme has a physical action and a ‘ditty’ to support pupils in transferring new knowledge into long term memory.



At St Maxentius Church of England Primary School teachers are determined every pupil will learn to read and become confident, independent readers with high levels of enjoyment, understanding and comprehension. The teaching of reading focuses on developing word reading (decoding) and comprehension (both listening and reading) and both of these skills are essential.  School follows the National Curriculum for all pupils, however it is adapted when necessary for pupils with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), to ensure all children develop their knowledge, skills and abilities to apply what they know and can do with increasing fluency and independence.




At St Maxentius, we believe that the mastery of written language is one of the most powerful gifts that we can provide to our children. We believe that writing should be purposeful, rich and enjoyable for all. Writing is delivered through an exciting and engaging curriculum which is taught from Reception to Year 6. As the National Curriculum for writing sets out, children should learn about transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
In Key Stage 1 and 2 writing is taught through the use of high quality texts and a recognised teaching sequence. Quality texts provide a stimulus for all children to develop their writing across different text types.