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Brooke Primary

Voluntary Controlled Church Of England School

Contact

office@brooke.norfolk.sch.uk

High Green, Norwich, Norfolk, NR15 1HP

01508 550419

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Reading 

We have invested heavily in quality texts for our reading scheme over the past year, and we have reorganised the scheme to ensure that our children are reading fully decodable books, that cover the same phonics phase as they are being taught in class. Your child should be able to apply sounds that they have been taught in class, to decode and read their reading scheme book fluently. This means they can focus on understanding the meaning of the words, predicting the plot of the story, and summarising what they have read. 

We have a beautiful library, with a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books. Our reading tree grows in our library (a stunning construction kindly made for us by the Men's Shed), and provides a comfortable and quiet space for children to sit in, whilst they enjoy sharing a story, or reading alone.

We can often be found buddy reading, where our children enjoy sharing stories with others from different year groups and classes. 

Phonics

Letters and Sounds is the scheme we use at Brooke to support the systematic teaching of phonics. Children begin the Letters and Sounds programme at the start of their Reception year, and continue this throughout Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). Both Robins and Owls classes have a 20 minute phonics session every morning.

When reading with your child at home, helping them to pronounce the sounds they are learning correctly is really important. If you'd like to know more about how each sound is pronounced, click here.

Writing

 At Brooke, writing is very important, particularly writing with a purpose. All classes enjoy opportunities to write daily, about a variety of topics linked to subjects across the curriculum. We were very excited when we recently wrote to the Prime Minister about pollution, and received a response!

We run a daily creative writing club in each Key Stage, at 8.30am

You can find a copy of the letter formations we teach at Brooke, and the ages at which they are introduced here. Please note that this is the current expectation for children in Year 1 and beyond.