Newick Church of England Primary School

'Life in all its fullness' John 10:10


Curriculum Aims

Wisdom – Our children will acquire a wide vocabulary, read easily with fluency and good understanding and write accurately and coherently to communicate ideas. We will endeavour to ensure that phonics and early reading provide excellent foundations for building these skills.

Independence - Our children will learn to read widely for both pleasure and information. Through the use of exciting rich texts, we want children to produce unique and inspiring outcomes selecting their own ideas for presentation and genre.

Creativity - Our children will learn to be able to seek opportunities to create, refine and share outcomes with a real audience.

Kindness – Through reading, our children will learn to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.


English Progression

Click on the blocks below to open our progression documents. 

Quality Text Progression

Reading Progression at Newick

Writing Progression at Newick



Click below to see a copy of our Reading Policy:

Reading Policy

Please follow this link to our phonics page for more information on our Rocket Phonics programme:


Reading and Phonics Meeting for Parents and Carers


Video for Reading Volunteers




At Newick, we regularly assess the children’s reading comprehension using VIPERS questions.

What are VIPERS?

VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the UK’s reading curriculum.  They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.

VIPERS stands for






Sequence or Summarise

The 6 domains focus on the comprehension aspect of reading and not the mechanics: decoding, fluency, prosody etc. This is covered in our early reading scheme, Rocket Phonics.

If you would like more information on the type of VIPERS questions you can ask your child when listening to them read, please click on the links below:

KS1 VIPERS Questions KS2 VIPERS Questions

Useful Documents

Word Conscious Classrooms

Reading Rocket Letter


Resources for Parents and Carers

Click on the 'Rocket Phonics' logo below to take you to the Parents Information Page

 Reading Planet Rocket Phonics – SSP Programme for KS1     Phonics FAQ page   FAQ Parents & Carers - Kemnal Technology College

Recommended Reading Books 

Click on the blocks below to find out what recommended reading books your child could read. 

Recommended Reads Early YearsRecommended Reads Year 1 Recommended Reads Year 2 Recommended Reads Year 3 Recommended Reads Year 4 Recommended Reads Year 5 Recommended Reads Year 6


Books Recommendations for Home

Download the blocks below to see good examples of early and challenging chapter books suitable for KS1

First Chapter Books

Challenging Chapter Books KS1

Autumn Book List

Christmas and Winter Stories

Vocabulary Grids  

Click on the blocks below to see examples of our vocabulary grids.

Year 1 Vocabulary Grid

Year 4 Vocabulary Grid

Year 6 Vocabulary Grid


Writing Champions

To celebrate the amazing writing that children at Newick do, and to encourage more of it, we would like to announce our new Writing Champions initiative.

3 times a year, each class teacher will choose a member of their class to be a Writing Champion.

Those children chosen will receive a badge that they can wear on their uniform, which is theirs to keep. We hope there will be extra benefits and opportunities too!

To inspire and stimulate children to write, every term we will hold a writing collective worship. We will share ideas and prompts that children might like to write about. Any writing done at home can be placed in the box on our Writing Champions display by the library. At these collective worships we will also share and celebrate lots of the writing completed at home and in class.

Please encourage your children to write at home as often as possible. They can write about anything they like! If they are sports fans, they could write match reports about a game they’ve seen; if they have a particular interest or talent, they could write about that. If they have been inspired by a film, or a book they’ve read that could be their stimulus.

Every child who completes a piece of home writing will receive a certificate. 


Our theme for this term is...

Poetry! We have taken inspiration from the Premier League Writing Stars challenge for our theme this time and the aim is to write a poem about ambition. Please click on the link below to see the poet Karl Nova perform his own poem about ambition. Here, you can also find a wealth of information on what to include in your poem and how to make it a success.


News and Events 

We were incredibly lucky to be visited by the one and only Mark Williams who kindly agreed to come and visit Newick and read a passage of Harry Potter to the whole school. The children were incredibly excited as we have a lot of Rowling fans across KS2! 

World Book Day 2022 was a great success. Thank you to everyone for making a huge effort to dress up. We are excited to announce that Josh Siegal will be joining us later this month to continue our work on poetry with KS2. 

World Book Day 2022




Some of our brilliant Newick students entered the Cuckfield Bookfest Poetry Competition and won. See below for our winners! 

                  Year 1                                                  Year 4                                                 Year 2 


Ravi attended an author meet and greet at The Book Nook in Brighton and met Liz Pichon. We were all very excited to hear about how he got on!

Book Reviews

Book Reviews


Writing on Display