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Our Lady of Lourdes

Catholic Primary School

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We aim to foster a love of literacy and so teach reading, writing, speaking and listening through a variety of subjects as well as a dedicated daily English lesson. We develop pupils phonic understanding (sounds letters make) right from the Nursery where our pupils begin to be taught 'Letters and Sounds'. Teachers use a variety of teaching styles to engage your children and develop their motivation so they become successful and avid readers and authors.


We started teaching the new National Curriculum in September 2014. The curriculum contains the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects in KS1 and KS2. For further information please see the below link.




New English National Curriculum 2014


We place a strong emphasis on Phonics in the early years of learning to read because we believe this lays the foundations for successful reading and writing.


We use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme to deliver phonics throughout the school. In EYFS and KS1, children are grouped according to their phonic ability and taught in phased groupings linked to the different phases of Letters and Sounds. This is an effective teaching strategy as it allows quality first teaching of the given phase.


All teachers and teaching assistants have been trained on using Letters and Sounds and receive regular updates and support from the Literacy Subject Leader.


Children in Year 1 will take the Phonic Screening Check during the summer term to assess their phonic knowledge. The screening check ensures that as teachers we understand which children need extra help with phonic decoding and whether each child has made the expected progress. We inform parents of their child’s progress in phonics and how he or she has done in the screening check. If a child has found the check difficult, the child would have support put in place to help him or her improve. 


Reading for Pleasure

Great books build the imagination. The more we read aloud expressively and the more children are able to savour, discuss and reinterpret literature through the arts, the more memorable the characters, places and events become, building an inner world. A child who is read to will have an inner kingdom of unicorns, talking spiders and a knife that cuts into other worlds. The mind is like a ‘tardis’; it may seem small but inside there are many mansions. Each great book develops the imagination and equips the reader with language.


Great Stories

Great stories speak to us as individuals and some children will return to certain books again and again. Great stories also build our language because around 75 per cent of our vocabulary comes from our reading. Reading develops the ability to think in the abstract; to follow lines of thought.


Pie Corbett’s suggested core text

The below suggested core texts are central to every school’s library but should also be supplemented by many other books. In the Foundation Stage and Year 1, Pie Corbett has suggested a selection of 12 great picture books with which children should build a strong acquaintance. Year 2 is a transition year, with both great picture books and ‘chapter stories’ included. In the suggested texts at Key Stage 2, Pie Corbett has selected six novels for each year with a focus on one core picture book.

Supporting your child with reading

EYFS - Reading with your child

EYFS Phonics For Parents Booklet