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Reading/ Phonics

World Book Day 2024. Look at our fantastic entries for the decorate a paper plate competition. Thank you to everyone for entering we have had a huge response and some amazing and creative designs. You will find may of the entries displayed around school and on the library bus, see if you can spot yours.


Year 1 Phonics Meeting Spring Term 2024

Thank you to all the parents who attended the phonics meeting it was lovely to see so many faces. 

During the meeting we discussed how adults can support with reading at home and what to expect from the Year 1 phonics screen in June. You can access the information below but please rest assured anyone not able to attend will be sent a printed pack containing all relevant information. 


We introduced Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) as our phonics programme in September 2023.  During our 2 INSET days, at the start of term, all staff were trained to deliver this.

 The key principles of ELS are based upon:

  • The delivery of whole- class, high-quality first teaching with well-structured daily lesson plans.
  • The use of consistent terminology by teachers, children and parents.
  • The use of consistent resources that support effective teaching.
  • Repetition and reinforcement of learning.
  • Regular and manageable assessment to ensure that all children ‘keep up’ rather than ‘catch up’.

All of our pupils in EYFS and Year 1 have daily ELS lessons. ELS teaching also continues, as required, in Year 2 and into Key Stage 2. If required, some pupils receive ELS interventions to support the ELS principle of “Keep up not catch up.” This ensures all our pupils have the best start to early reading

Supporting your children with phonics

We want children to practise reading their phonics home reader books 4 times across the week working on these skills:

Decode – sounding out and blending to read the word.

Fluency – reading words with less obvious decoding.

Expression – using intonation and expression to bring the text to life!

We must use pure sounds when we are pronouncing the sounds and supporting children in reading words. If we mispronounce these sounds, we will make reading harder for our children. Please watch the videos below for how to accurately pronounce these sounds.

ELS for parents

Phase 2 Pronunciation Video

Phase 3 Pronunciation Video

Phase 5 Pronunciation Video


Old Church Reading Policy is currently under review

Spring Term Gold Circle Visit to Birmingham Library and Waterstones

Spring Term Remarkable Readers

Remarkable Readers. Take a look at our Remarkable Readers who were celebrated during our autumn term for their hard work and love of reading.

We have redesigned our book corners to ensure reading for pleasure is encouraged and embedded throughout our school. Books corners have a variety of genres including fiction and non fiction, leaflets, comics and newspapers. The books in our book corners enhance the learning in school as we include books linked to our topics. Teachers also have a recommended reads box promoting books they have enjoyed and are excited about to promote our love of reading throughout the school.

Library Bus Update

We are currently redeveloping the inside of our library bus. Our aim is to ensure the library bus mirrors our book corners. This will enable easier book selection and a better understanding of the genres of text we have available. Our librarians are working incredibly hard to organise and sticker all of our books to make children’s experience on the bus as enjoyable and inspiring as possible. Take a look at our journey so far.

Extra Curricular Activities. Our Year 6 and Year 3 Science Club took part in the Royal Societies Young Person's Book Prize 2023