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At St. Michael-in-the-Hamlet Primary School we use a variety of teaching and learning styles to enable pupils to develop in Reading and Writing. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding. 



Phonics is delivered using our Letters and Sounds Scheme of Work, which is taught on a daily basis, each morning from 9 until 9.30. This scheme groups the different letters and sounds into 'phases' which are then taught in  a systematic way. Children are grouped from Reception to Year 2 to access the appropriate Phase work to enable them to make rapid progress to build on the letters and sounds that they already know. Your child may say that they go to a different class for phonics work and have a different teacher.  Your child's teacher will tell you which phase from Letters and Sounds they are working on and you can access additional support material online if you would like to practise at home too. The material is available by logging onto Abacus or accessing the links below. If you need any further information please see your child's class teacher.
We use a variety of  creative, modern resources to enable our children to receive high quality education in the areas of Reading and Writing. These include 'Big Write', 'Bug Club', 'Oxford Reading Tree', 'Comics for Phonics', 'The Literacy Box'and 'Rigby Star'. All children from Nursery to Year 6 access sessions in writing and reading during the week, often linked to the topic the children are working on and structured appropriately for their learning. This includes handwriting sessions, comprehension, spellings and grammar. Please see our English Policy Statement in Key Information - School Policies (pdf file). Also the topics each year group is currently working on can be found in the year group class pages link.