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“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all”.                         


Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis



At Keyham Barton we teach children to read  through synthetic phonics following the structure and phrases set out in ''letters and sounds'' (DfE 2007)

Every day in FS and Y1 your child will learn their sounds or phonemes. We offer a presentation explaining synthetic phonics each September. The dates are published on our weekly newsletter. Links to this presentation, and to homework packs supporting each phonics phase, are below.


Further links to phonics activities can be found on this sites under ''English Corner'' and on your child's class page.


From Foundation stage usually until year 3 or 4,  your child will regularly bring home a 'home-school' reader to read with an adult. Your child starts to move from decoding (learning to read) to developing comprehension skills (reading to learn)

The books which your child brings home relate to the phonic sounds taught and are colour book banded to ensure they give the right level of challenge. You are asked to hear your child read daily to support their learning, and to also share stories and other books to foster a love of reading.


Once a child is both decoding  brown or grey book banded books confidently, and has developed the corresponding comprehension skills they become free readers. We exchange books on a regular basis with Plymouth Schools Library service so there are always new books to choose from. Alternatively your child may chose their own book from home.


In addition to home school reading we continue to develop national curriculum comprehension skills through guided reading, and, more recently, whole class reading in all year groups.

''If there's a book you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet then you must write it.''


Toni Morrison



At our school we use a style of writing called ''Talk for Writing'' to teach your child to write well. This includes looking at- and learning- quality texts ( immerse) that teach your child the type of language they need to write that type of text. Your child will learn to  innovate (adapt) that piece of writing and then invent (re use the structure to write independently within a different context) . The texts chosen are linked to the class topic.


Within writing there are opportunities for peer and self assessment as well as teacher feedback, so that your child knows how to make their work better.


Through these key texts we also teach the spelling and grammar that is set out in the new 2014 National Curriculum.