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An Outstanding Church School

Mrs Cowling will be absent from school due to a planned knee operation from Monday the 30th October returning after a phased recovery towards the later part of the half term.

Mrs Cairns will be deputising in her absence and Mrs Cowling will remain in close contact with the school.

Phonics and reading schemes used in KS1

Within the Early Year's Foundation Stage literacy is embedded through developing an enjoyment of stories, rhyme and books. Children explore narratives to develop an understanding of differing structures and develop their comprehension though their play and sharing books. Children are taught that books and text provides us with information. They experience using non-fiction books to retrieve information using the contents page, index and blurb. This is linked both to their own interest and to the adult led activities on offer.

Children learn to read through the systematic synthetic teaching of phonics. Teaching uses guidance from Letters and Sounds as well as Jolly Phonics and LCP Phonics. Phonics is taught through games that are physically active and focus on specific skills required for blending for reading and segmenting for writing. Children practice phonic knowledge, and build up their sight vocabulary (memory of a whole word), as they progress through the reading schemes and engage with purposeful writing challenges within the provision areas. 


In Year 2, we have daily phonics sessions following the LCP phonics programme which is closely linked to Letters and Sounds. We consolidate all phonemes and skills learnt in Reception and Year 1, and start to build on this by learning alternative spellings and pronunciation in Phase 5 (L&S). Once children are secure, we move on to Phase 6 (L&S) and start to learn spelling patterns, prefixes and suffixes. We use a variety of resources to reinforce this learning, such as phonics games, Phonics Play and reinforcing this learning through cross-curricular reading and writing opportunities.


Literacy News


December 2015

No Pen day!

All of the classes spent the day learning as usual but without the use of pens! We had chalk writing, painting, cutting, sticking and drama all showing that learning can happen in lots of different ways!

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Owls - The story of ChristmasOwls - The story of Christmas RobinsRobins HeronsHerons
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This year the school will be taking part in

‘Read for my School’.

Year 5 and 6 had the opportunity last year and,

due to its success, all of KS2 can now take part.

A letter home will explain in more detail.





World Book Day is on March 6th this year and we will be

getting involved in lots of exciting ways.

More information will follow but here are some of the books

you can buy with your £1 token.


Finally, thank you to all the children who have been

Taking part in our paired reading recently in KS2. Paired

Reading is a great tool for developing fluency in reading

See how it is done here:




Reading for boys

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Here is a link to an online reading challenge which boys might enjoy called

Please click here for details of the Phonics & Reading Workshop held at the Governors Open Evening on Wednesday 13th November.