Pensford Primary School

Pensford Primary School

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at school and are kind
to one another. They like
being at school and appreciate
the many experiences
they have.” - Ofsted
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In our Early Years class the children learn phonics using the Letters and Sounds scheme. Our teacher, Mrs Rawlinson, is also well trained in the 'Read, Write, Inc' approach. She uses this scheme to order how she teaches Phase 2+ phonics (both reading and writing) and common exception words. As the children move through Key Stage 1 and beyond, teaching of phonics corresponds with National Curriculum guidance using the No Nonsense Spelling programme.

Of course, children's love of reading and ability to understand what they read is developed through the reading of actual books.  This supplements the specific teaching of phonic sounds to enable them to become very good all-round readers. Early reading books have been matched to be decodable phonetically to support the children's learning.  Many of our reading books belong to the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, although over the years we have built up a wide range of books for the children to read beyond this. We have also published a guide to the expectations of where children should be with their reading as they reach different ages.  You can find it here.  For our Reading Curriculum please click here.

In writing, our curriculum (writing and EGPS) is developing quickly to allow children to write at length on a number of interesting topics.  This helps to develop both their interest in writing and their ability to re-draft and refine their work to produce work that is genuinely their 'personal best'.