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Teaching Reading and Phonics

Teaching our children to read is, of course, of paramount importance.   Here at Great Horwood School, one of the early strategies used to teach children to read is 'phonics'.  Children have a daily phonics session. The teachers plan using the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme, supported with the actions from 'Jolly Phonics'. In Conkers class we also learn texts to perform as storytellers and have a wealth of reading materials for the children to access. We have an expectation that parents and carers will read with their child most nights. This can be sharing a book by taking turns, the adult reading to the child or the child reading to the adult, reading a magazine or information text, reading e-books online or why not be a storyteller by retelling a story that you have read....even better, create a new story!

'Good reading and writing floats on a sea of words!'


Lunchtime prayer:

Thank you for the world, so sweet.

Thank you for the food we eat.

Thank you for the birds that sing.

Thank you God, for everything.  AMEN


End of the day prayer:

Thank you Jesus for today,

For friends and family, work and play.

Keep me Jesus through the night,

Wake me with the morning light.

And when tomorrow comes, I pray,

Help me be happy, all the day.  AMEN