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EYFS and KS1

At John Hellins Primary School we are continuously promoting reading and spelling skills in and around the classroom environment, allowing children to be immersed in print throughout the day. We believe children should enjoy reading and we work hard to promote a love of books whilst simultaneously focussing on the vital skills of spelling and decoding. Below is an overview of the provision for reading, phonics and spelling across the Early Year and Key Stage One.


Our curriculum is the vehicle through which we achieve this and we ensure it is engaging, broad and rich .

From September 2014 have been following the new National Curriculum.  Our project themes are built around the children's interests, this ensures high levels of engagement.  Our highly skilled teachers ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum through these projects, across the year and over time.  Details of each classes curriculum, their current project map and examples of previous project maps can be viewed on the class pages.


In addition to the learning experienced within lesson times, children will share a reading interview once a fortnight. Individual reading is an additional activity which supports the constant reading across the day and will give the teacher a clear incite to your child’s personal reading journey. During this time, your child will read a book and share key words that they have learnt.

The reading scheme we use is an eclectic mix of resources that allows children to develop independence.  All books are levelled and banded to allow children to take responsibility for choosing their own variety of texts. Initially, children will share picture books where they can develop an understanding of how a text can unfold. Following on from this, they will read a selection of books to promote phonological awareness. As their reading confidence grows children will select their own books. By reading regularly with your child at home you will help them to develop the skills they learn at school and you will be able to enjoy watching their fluency flourish.


The regular teaching and learning of phonics allows children to decode words more readily and this has a significant impact on reading fluency. To maximise success in your child’s development they will participate in group phonic sessions daily and will be taught the specific phase they are working at. To achieve this, all children in class one and two are grouped simultaneously to support their individual phonic development. We follow the Letters and Sounds strategy, working through phases one to six and we support this using the jolly phonics mnemonic scheme. If you would like to support your child at home with their phonics, look at the document linked below which will explain the phases in more detail.


For our youngest children we believe that providing spellings on an individual basis is the most effective way to learn unfamiliar words. New spellings are given and then checked during your child’s reading interviews. These are taken from the first two hundred high frequency words. Support from home is vital for learning new spellings. We always encourage the: Look, Cover, Say, Spell, Check, method.