Coronavirus Plans and Updates

'Learn, Grow and Achieve Together Through God's Love'

  We have set up a 'Home Learning' page under the 'Key Information' tab.  This will provide more information for you about how to access a quality education  for your children at home.  Please remember to check your child's class page under the 'Children' tab for regular updates from your classteacher.  Please collect a paper pack if you cannot access technology.  If you would like more information please phone the DFE coronavirus helpline 0800 046 8687 or visit the full government guidance at:

Thank you for your tremendous support and understanding in this matter, if anything positive can come out of this then it is the wonderful community spirit and offers of help that have been overwhelming.

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St. Stephen's C.E.

(Aided) Primary School

Learn, Grow and Achieve Together through God's love

Home Reading


Reading is fundamental to all that we do in Reception. Opportunities are available on a daily basis for reading signs, labels and logos. We learn to recognise our names on our self-registration board. We learn new sounds in Phonics; linking these to the letters of the alphabet. This is interwoven with opportunities for alliteration, rhythm and rhyme. 


During our daily Story Time sessions, we discuss key book terms such as front/back cover, spine, blurb and title; all of which will also be explored further in class activities such as Guided Reading.


Every child has been allocated a Reading Day. Their book will be changed on this day so please ensure that their Reading Record is signed/dated to indicate that they have read with you. On this day, your child will also receive a weekly sounds activity in their Sounds Book so that they can practise the skills taught in Phonics.

Your child will also read individually on their Reading Day. They will also read in a small group with their Class Teacher twice per week.


As your child progresses in reading, their Home Reading Books will begin to look at sound discrimination. At first, this will include environmental sounds but will move onto include letter sounds with books that encourage recognition of the initial phoneme. 

We then introduce CVC word books and books with simple sentences as your child progresses through our Letters and Sounds Programme in school. 


More information on reading is provided below:


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