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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 2024 Reading Challenge

Please click here for further details on how your child/children can participate in the 2024 summer reading challenge.

For more information on your local library use the following link  – 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