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Marlborough Primary School


Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic approach using the Letters and Sounds 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.
Letters and Sounds is a resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. 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 starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
Pupils at Marlborough Primary School are encouraged to read for pleasure. Weekly library sessions are allocated so pupils can read and borrow a range of books from the school library. Classes in each year group across the school also visit the local library throughout the year. 
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.