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Phonics is taught daily from Reception. We use Phonics Bug as our main teaching tool and bring in a wide range of resources to support children with their phonics learning for example Jolly Phonics pictures, actions and sounds.  Please see our phonics booklet for information about how you can support your child at home. Look out for our Phonics open morning each year which give you change to join in with our phonics teaching in class.

Phonics Booklet

Phonics Mats - Download and print thses to support your child's writing at home.


Reading is everywhere at Lady Seaward's and can be seen in displays and children's work. Children are taught reading across a range of subjects and take part in one to one, group and whole class reading sessions. Children have opportunities to read daily and shared opportunities for missed class reading are set up regularly. Our library is used by all children each week and books are valued by the whole school. Each class has a reading area with banded and topic books available for children to read. Bug Club is used is a range of lessons and for guided reading sessions.


Every child has a reading target displayed on their guided reading group displays and they know what they are working towards in their reading. Each class also has a Reading Progress Wall showing children's attainment at the start of the year and their most recent assessment for every child.

Reading Progress Walls

Reading is Everywhere at Lady Seaward's

Reading Booklet for Parents


Writing taught through Topic work and includes spelling, punctuation, grammar and a range of writing styles. We teach cursive handwriting from Reception which supports children's joined up writing from an early age. Writing is given high priority across the school and children are encouraged to write for all subjects to a very high standard. Every child has a writing target on display and these can also be found in the back of their English and Topic books.

Every child has their writing on display with a piece from the start of the year and their most recent piece available to compare. These Writing Progress Walls which we call Writing Windows enable children to see their clear progress and look for examples of their next steps in others writing.

Writing Windows

Writing Targets