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Speaking and Listening:

The spoken word is a child’s first opportunity to share their capability with others. As such, we aim to model and develop ambitious and interesting vocabulary on which children can base their communication. We have high standards for listening, which we take time to develop in ensuring children get as much as they can from any situation.

Phonics –Phonics is taught daily in Reception Class, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3. We use a programme called Twinkl and each session lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Please click on the button below for a Parent Guide to Twinkl Phonics.


The children in our school show a great enthusiasm for reading and we want children to develop positive lifelong reading habits. Reading is taught through a structured approach using the “Twinkl” programme. For early readers the book is matched to the phonic sound they are learning. As children’s reading develops they then start to use Accelerated Reader.

Accelerated Reader motivates, monitors and manages children’s’ independent reading practice helping them to develop a true love of reading. Click here to login into your child’s account.

This programme is supplemented with a wide assortment of attractive books of different genres. As the children progress through the school, they are introduced to literature of increasing complexity. They learn to analyse and evaluate a wide range of texts. Our well stocked children’s library introduces our children to the widest possible selection of books.

We believe that children become confident and fluent readers when both school and home support them. We encourage parents to hear their children read a little every evening and record comments in a reading record.

We work closely with Teynham Library.

Summer 2023 Reading Challenge

Message from Teynham Library-

All of us here on the Swale Libraries team, especially myself and our Teynham Library staff team, have all been so pleased and amazed at the uptake of Teynham C of E Primary pupils taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge at Teynham Library this year.

You topped our local ‘Challenge completers’ school league chart for the last few weeks leading up to the end of the Challenge and were only very narrowly pipped to the post by another school, still coming in second highest in Swale of all our 50+ Primary Schools in terms of SRC completing pupils per school roll – an amazing achievement!

Our Teynham Library team have also fed back that even as the Summer Reading Challenge has come to an end, we still seem to be getting more children coming in with their families coming in to use the library after school than we’ve had previously.

For more information  – Teynham Library | Local Kent Directory

Other links for parents to support reading

10 top tips for parents to support children to read – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Parents and families | National Literacy Trust

Tips for reading with your child | BookTrust

Top tips to support your child’s reading at home – BBC Bitesize