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Our curriculum is divided into termly topics. For each topic there is a main subject and a subsidiary subject. The subjects covered changes with each topic so that over the cycle every subject has been taught.

A few weeks before the start of a new topic the teacher will introduce the topic to the children and ask them what they already know about it and what they would like to find out. These ideas are then used in the planning of the topic and for the child initiated activities.

We have planned the curriculum so that the same main subjects are being covered by every year group across the school to enable monitoring and progression.

If you would like any more details about the school curriculum then please ask at the school office.

Reading Writing Numeracy Topic SEND


To encompass a love of reading we think that it is important to get the children to read. Throughout school the children are taught a range of reading skills needed to allow them to become more confident and fluent readers.

Within Key Stage 1 and in some Key Stage 2 classes the children receive daily phonics sessions whereby they are taught the basic skills needed to decode unfamiliar words. Across the school all children engage in daily guided reading sessions whereby they are encouraged to answer questions about what they have read, make predictions and read between the lines through demonstrating the skills of skimming and scanning. 

We also feel that it is important to read to the children. All classes have a class reader story that they read for fifteen minutes daily after lunch. During this time we share text types and well known authors and illustrators to try and encourage a love of reading in the children.

We have also introduced Big Read which is an exciting appoach to reading where the children complete a range of different reading activities based on the same text.

Your child will bring a reading books home each night and will need to bring them back each day. Please help your child to gain confidence in reading by listening to them read at least three times and week, recording this in their Reading Record Book. The children who have read three times will receive a stamp and when they have collected five they will receive a brilliant prize.




Please help your child to read as many words linked to the reading stages that they are on. Can they help the aliens to read the words? If you would like a challenge you can spell them!


Stage 4 Words

Stage 5 Words

Stage 6 Words

Stage 7 Words





We have a very clear and structured approach to teaching phonics at Glapton. All children in Year One take part in Phonics Screening during June each year. During the Spring term of each year we hold 2 parents workshops to explain the screening and give you ideas of things you can do to help your child at home.

Here are some resources for you to look at and use.


Explore this super resource to help your child improve their reading skills.




Book Recommendations



Miss Onions recommends The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle.


The Pirates Next Door This book is about the Jolley-Rogers - a pirate family, are moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town. Stopping to fix up their ship, this unusual family get the whole neighbourhood spreading rumours. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda from next door decides to become friends with the youngest pirate son. When the Jolley-Rogers leave, the town discovers they were wrong to assume the worst - the pirate clan have buried treasure in everyone's gardens. Matilda feels sad until she discovers her own treasure - an incredibly exciting new pen friend.


Miss Onions can't wait to hear whether you enjoy this book as much as she did!


Miss Onions



Miss Eastwood's book recommendation is Mr Majeka by Humphrey Carpenter!


 This story is set in an ordinary school, with an ordinary teacher. However, things aren't as they seem! Mr Majeka performs a magic spell on the class nuisance, Hamish, and accidentally turns the him into a frog! With magic spells, humour and lots of accidents this book is sure to keep you hooked from the very first page!

There are other books in this series so if you enjoy this one, I recommend that you pick up another one! Let me know how you get on!


Miss Eastwood




Miss Annakin recommends ‘Thief!’ by Malorie Blackman.



  You're the new girl in school. You're just trying to fit in - and it's not working. Then someone accuses you of theft, and you think things can't get any worse. Until you get caught in a freak storm . . .The next thing you know, you're in the future. Being shot at for being out after curfew. You don't even recognise your hometown. And you're heading for a confrontation from your worst nightmare. What if you could change the past to save the future?

We have read this book in Birch class and we all very much enjoyed it! We are now reading ‘Pig Heart Boy’ by the same author. We will let you know what we think!


Miss Annakin









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