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Speaking and listening is at the heart of all we do across the curriculum.



​Reading is a high priority. We aim to instil in our children a love of reading and of books.

  • Children read a wide range of non-fiction and fiction books in a variety of genres.
  • Children are taught to read in small ability groups. 
  • Children practice reading with adults throughout the week in different areas of the curriculum and on occasions, on a one to one basis. 
  • Children can also choose a books to take home.


We support the children to become enthusiastic writers.

  • Children are encouraged to write for a real purpose and for a range of audiences: stories, letters, poems, information, instructions etc.
  • Children learn to critique their writing, learning how to edit and improve.
  • Children are taught from the beginning to write legibly in a style that will help them join their writing (cursive) by Year 1.


  • Children are encouraged to develop their communication skills, pose questions and respond to questions and articulate their feelings and opinions clearly and sensitively.
  • Through our weekly ‘Good to be Me’ sessions we encourage and develop the children’s skills in public speaking.




Phonics is taught daily in all classes using the Little Wandle scheme.  The sessions are based on the Government’s systematic ‘Letters and Sounds’ document. This is supported by the Little Wandle scheme which you can find out more about at https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/ Phonics can be a little bit daunting for some parents and carers, please speak to your teacher if you want advice on how to best support your child. 

Phonics Websites

Mr Thorne does Phonics

Mr Thorne

Songs that we use in school to help children remember the phonemes (sounds).

Phonics Play

phonics play

A useful website with enjoyable phonics games to play. Click on the links below to enjoy games such as Buried Treasure, which your children will have played at school.

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