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It has been a privilege to welcome The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, Bishop of Lichfield into school, and Mrs Wedgwood , CEO St. Chad’s Academy Trust to formally open and bless our new extension.




We learn to read through teaching the children Phonics each day following the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme from the government. In Reception, we try to make these sessions as practical as possible, fun and engaging through the use of actions and songs to help us learn each phoneme. These songs can be found on Youtube under "Jolly Phonics Songs" and I am sure the children will love singing them with you.


We have daily phonics sessions to revisit sounds we have learned, learn new sounds and tricky words. Each session includes daily reading and writing at a suitable level for your child. Reading books are sent home to encourage children to read at home, they are sent at a level that they can improve their reading without being too tricky. We encourage parents to read as often as possible at home, re-visiting the same book throughout the week to increase fluency and sight recognition and to chat about the story, setting, characters and even predictions and feelings/emotions. There are suggested questions and activities inside the front cover of your child's reading diary for further information. If needed, please speak to Mrs Booth or Mrs Eden if you would like two books sent home weekly.


Below is a couple of songs we enjoy singing in class smiley

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song