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 At St Barnabas Primary School we are passionate about reading and writing. We aim to develop a love of reading for pleasure and children are given plenty of opportunities to read across the curriculum.

Please find below ideas about how you can help your child develop a love for reading at home as well as in school.

Roald Dahl Day

We had a great day celebrating the work of Roald Dahl, one of thegreatest children’s authors. We looked at some of his popular books such as: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory; The BFG; George’s Marvellous Medicine and The Witches.


Phonics sessions are taught daily in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. They follow ‘Letters and Sounds’ and teach children the Jolly Phonics actions and songs to help them learn the phonemes. They are taught following a six phase programme and follow the same lesson structure each day for 20 minutes. Children are regularly assessed and are streamed into different ability groups. Daily phonics intervention groups also take place daily throughout school using ‘Rapid Phonics’ for children who require extra phonics support. All phonics sessions follow the same four part teaching sequence.

Teaching Sequence

•Revisit and review- where previously taught sounds are revised.

•Teach- new sounds or tricky words are taught.

•Practice- reading and writing letters and words with the new sound in.

•Apply- read and writing caption and sentences with the new sound in.

At the end of Year 1 your child will complete a phonics assessment which is made up of real and nonsense words. This assesses how well children can use their knowledge of phonics to read words. You will be told your child’s result at the end of Year 1 and if your child has or has not met the benchmark grade. If your child doesn’t achieve the benchmark grade then further intensive support will be given in Year 2.

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