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Marlborough Primary School


Children in Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 all participate in daily Phonics sessions. In these sessions, the school follows the synthetic approach using the Bug Club programme.  It is an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups or letters and sounds, then those sounds are blended into words.
Bug Club highly engaging systematic synthetic Phonics program that features a wide range of multi-sensory learning opportunities for the children to support their phonic development.  It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
Ways you can support your child with reading:

  • Read with your child regularly
  • Read to your child
  • Talk about what they are reading
  • Ask questions about what they are reading
  • Visit the library in your community

More information about the Primary National Curriculum can be found on the Department for Education website.