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Horrabridge Primary and Nursery School

Discovering, Learning and Achieving Together

Curriculum

Curriculum Intent  

The design and delivery of our curriculum enables pupils to: 

Embed key skills, knowledge and concepts in order to secure retention and fluency. 

Apply skills, knowledge and concepts creatively. 

Reflect on learning, celebrate progress and identify next steps. 

Gain understanding of diversity and develop tolerance, self-respect and respect for others. 

Gain understanding of British Values. 

Develop curriculum capital. 

Take risks and develop resilience. 

Develop self-belief and have high aspirations. 

Develop a sense of responsibility, kindness and respect. 

Develop mindfulness. 

PHONICS & READING

At Horrabridge Primary and Nursery School, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. 

 

Support for Phonics

These three videos show you how to pronounce the sounds. Notice how the children don’t add an ‘uh’ sound at the end, so they say: ‘t’ not ‘tuh’.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shlSQrleibs-Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1

https://youtu.be/tKUEQFXXfYY-Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxRMoHynvy0-Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1

 

Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A reading practice book:

This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

A sharing book:

Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

Reading practice book

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

Sharing book

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

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