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Speaking and Listening

Children are encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills in a variety of situations enabling them to become confident and effective communicators. 


From the Nursery class onwards, children are given access to a rich variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction. We aim to help the children become fluent and enthusiastic readers. A structured reading programme is used throughout the school comprising books from a range of schemes including Pearsen, Story Chest, Literacy Evolve, Cambridge Readers and The Book Project. It is supplemented by a carefully chosen range of children’s literature.  A well resourced library is available for the children and the teachers to use. The children read daily, either individually or in small groups, and they cover a wide range of books that are banded according to their levels of difficulty and the skills required

PDF iconReading programme of study - Year 1 

PDF iconReading programme of study - Year 2

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Phonics is taught for 15-20 minutes every day in Reception to Year 2.  The children always begin the lesson by revising what they have already been taught, then they learn a new sound, practise it and then apply it to their reading or writing.

Phonics Tests in Year 1 (Phonics Screening Test)

Phonics tests help to confirm whether your child has made the expected progress.  This  takes place in June for Year 1 children and is a mix of 40 real words and non-words.  This test is carefully designed and administered not to be stressful for your child.

How can you help your child?

  • Play lots of listening games, including 'I spy' and 'I am thinking of a ....'
  • Make the correct pronunciation of the phoneme.
  • Say the sound and its name.
  • Talk to your child about the homework they bring home.  This is what they have been learning in school during the week.  Use this to help them apply it to their reading and writing.
  • Don't let your child become reliant on sounding out every word.  There are lots of words you cannot sound out.

For useful Phonics activities, please visit the following websites


Children’s writing begins with mark making in the Nursery where they are given ample opportunity to use various writing materials. As their confidence and skills develop they are encouraged to write independently and for a variety of purposes. At the same time we aim to see a consistent improvement in handwriting, spelling and grammar.

PDF iconWriting programme of study - Year 1

PDF iconWriting programme of study - Year 2 


Development of emergent writing is encouraged from the Nursery. Emphasis is placed on correct letter formation in order to foster a legible handwriting style. There is a move towards a cursive style as individual abilities dictate.

PDF iconHandwriting programme of study - Year 1

PDF iconHandwriting programme of study - Year 2


Children are introduced to the most common spelling patterns. They are taught to spell words which occur in their writing. They are also encouraged to spell words for themselves and to remember the correct spellings.

PDF iconSpelling programme of study - Year 1 

PDF iconSpelling programme of study - Year 2


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