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English (including Phonics)

English & Reading

Although English is taught as a separate subject, English teaching and learning is also embedded throughout our curriculum; in order for children to apply the necessary skills in a variety of contexts. The children explore a variety of text types including stories, poetry, scripts, reports, diary entries and many more. We believe that it is essential for children to apply their skills in many ways to enable them to get a real depth of understanding.


In Early Years and Key Stage One the children have daily, discrete phonics lessons. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme, and as children develop through the phases, they become increasingly fluent readers and writers. Phonics is taught throughout Key Stage Two as an intervention strategy where required.

A good example of phonics.

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Here is Darcy in Reception and her mum practising some blending after mum attended a phonics session in school. This is a great example for parents to use and Darcy's enthusiasm is so lovely to see too!


Reading is very important to our school and the benefits of achieving a high attainment in reading cannot be emphasised enough. Not only will this help a child to progress across the whole school curriculum, it will also encourage a lifelong love of reading, and crucially, help them to develop the confidence they need to have a successful future.

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Over the past 2 years we have developed the Lion Library, which has become a fantastic creative space, not only for reading, but for lots of reading related activities too. All classes, including Nursery, have a weekly library slot and all classrooms have a reading corner too.

For more information on all our reading related activities and events, and ways you can support your child to develop their reading skills and a life long love of reading, please click on the links below. To find out more about English and Handwriting at the school, click the link to Policies to find the relevant information.