Core Skills

We have adopted research-led schemes and approaches to ensure that there is rigour and consistency to the teaching of these foundational skills.

Read Write inc

At Surrey Square Primary School we follow the Read Write Inc programme to teach phonics, reading and inspire our writing. Read Write Inc starts in Nursery where children learn the Set 1 Speed Sounds. The Read Write Inc learning journey then continues into Reception and Key Stage 1. Children are assessed at the end of each half term, are grouped accordingly and progress through the programme providing suitable challenges for their assessed phonics level.

For more information on the Read Write Inc programme and how to support your child at home. Please click on the following link.

Talk for Writing

At SSQ one way that we teach writing is through the T4W approach. It is powerful because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. A cycle is split into three sections – imitation, innovation, invention. During the imitation stage, children learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell with expression and actions using a story map. Once the story is learnt, the children move to the innovation stage to adapt the story to make it their own e.g. by changing the character or setting. Finally, at the invention stage the children write their own piece independently. 

Maths Mastery

We follow the maths mastery approach from Reception to Year 6 to ensure that a deeper conceptual understanding of maths is embedded. The programme is carefully sequenced to enhance pupils’ understanding of maths. It is underpinned by the Dimensions of Depth, which address conceptual understanding, language & communication and mathematical thinking. These support mathematical problem solving and enable pupils to make connections between topic areas, draw on representations to support their thinking and be prepared to articulate, justify and explain this thinking.


Oracy is the ability to articulate ideas, develop understanding and engage with others through spoken language. At SSQl, oracy is a powerful tool for learning; by teaching children to become more effective speakers and listeners we empower them to better understand themselves, each other and the world around them.