Welcome to Rowan & Chestnut
Welcome to Hedgehog & Squirrel
Welcome to Willow & Maple
Welcome to Beech & Birch
Welcome to Badger & Otter
Welcome to Fox & Hare
Welcome to Oak & Elm
At St Nicholas, our Key Stage 1 classes teach daily phonics lessons to ensure every child is a successful reader.
We follow the successful Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc phonics programme; grouping children according to their reading ability and reading level.
Read, Write Inc is a systematic and dynamic literacy programme rooted in phonics. We teach children how to break down and decode words into their separate sounds components, known as phonemes. There are 44 phonemes taught throughout the programme, all of which are embedded in a range of fiction and non-fiction books. The words are taught prior to reading a book to ensure children are equipped at decoding them; we call this ‘Fred Talk’.
Fred is a Read, Write Inc character that only speaks and understands pure sounds (sounds in a word before they are blended).
How to Help at Home
Ruth Miskin has a fantastic website that offers a range of videos explaining how to support your child at home: www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents
Please ask your child what colour book they are reading in Read, Write Inc to guide you on where to look on the website.
If you would like any further information about Read, Write Inc please speak to Miss Common our Reading Leader, or see many of the resources below.
School council have been busy organising fundraising activities this term. The fun started in March with Comic Relief. School council arranged a crazy hair day and come to school in red themed day. Several members of the school council came into school early and collected donations as the children and parents walked through the gates in the morning. They raised a tremendous £440.
After discussing fundraising activities and charities with their classes, the members of the school council agreed that they would raise money for the Salvation Army and Oxfam. Each class collected 10p’s for a coin race on the last day of term – Oak class collected the most. Well done. At the same time, we organised an enormous Easter egg raffle with all prizes donated by members of staff. Amidst much excitement, there was a raffle draw on the last day of term with over 50 prizes! With these efforts an impressive £550 was raised.