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Phonics 

All the children in school have a 20 minute daily phonics lesson. The children are placed into groups that promote learning for their next stage of development, this means that some children may be learning alongside children from another class. All the adults in school have their own group, we have 11 groups in Key Stage One and 5 groups in Reception. We use 'Letters and Sounds' to scaffold the childrens' learning in phonics.

 

Handwriting 

Every week all the children have a handwriting lesson, this is often practical where the children are given the opportunity to practice their letter formation or cursive writing. We use a scheme called 'Penpals' to scaffold the childrens' development in handwriting. 

 

Reading

The children read with their teacher twice a week during their guided reading lesson, the session lasts between 20 and 30 minutes. The teacher plans focussed reading activities for every group during this session. We use 'Rigby Star', 'PM Starters' and 'Red Rockets' during these lessons. All the children have a home reading book too , we use a range of 'banded books'  for home reading. We also have a  school library that is used by range of children in school and every class have their own themed reading corner.

 

We also promote a love of reading through our half termly book swap events. The children can come into the school with their family and swap a book for something else they would love to read. Not all children are able to visit the library in the local community  and some do not have a bank of books at home either. This initiative supports our local community.
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