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Handwriting at Pool C of E Primary School

Please find our updated Handwriting Policy attached below that highlights the pre- cursive style that is taught from Reception leading to cursive in Year 2 and into Key Stage 2.

Leeds Book Awards Club 2017

This year's Leeds Book Awards Club are enjoying reading this year's shortlisted books. It is great to share our opinions of what we have read and to add reviews on the Leeds Book Awards website. Have a look at for further information.


Here are our wonderful bookworms!


'Let's Read' 

In response to the feedback from the World Book Day activities last week from pupils, staff and parents we will now be having 'Let's Read' time in school. This is an idea developed by the school council where we have asked pupils  to bring in a book or magazine of their choice from home to read in school at particular times during the week. We are excited to develop reading for pleasure and for pupils to share their enjoyment of reading. 


World Book Week 2017

We have had a super week celebrating World Book Day and enjoying lots of fun activities:



  • We enjoyed wearing our pyjamas to school, having hot chocolate and a biscuit whilst enjoying bedtime stories.
  • Pupils shared their favourite bedtime stories with their friends



  • The older children in school shared a story with their reading buddy



  • Pupils had the chance to choose an author workshop to attend where they enjoyed a range of creative activities. 



  • Thursday was 'The Big Book Quiz' where pupils were challenged to a variety of questions about a range of books



  • We enjoyed 'Dropping Everything to Read' throughout the day.
  • To finish off our busy week classes had a 'Mystery Storyteller' where different children went to share a story in a different class.


Please have a look at our 'Gallery' page and our class pages to see more of our wonderful learning. 

Poetry Week 2016

The week beginning 29th March was poetry week in school where pupils enjoyed a range of activities that included;

-Each class learning a poem off by heart and performing it to the rest of the school in our Poetry Slam. 

- Taking part in a themed poetry morning where children had the opportunity to choose the type of poem that they would like to create. The themes included space, Star Wars, food, holidays and animals. Have a look at the display in the corridor to see examples of the work created!

-Teachers choosing a selection of poems to share with the school in assembly 


Reading, Phonics & Spelling
Our pupils have many opportunities for reading in school. These include: shared reading in the daily literacy session, guided reading with the teacher, group reading with their peers and individual reading.
Shared reading
Children have opportunities to read frequently during whole class literacy lessons. This may involve reading together as a class from the board or reading/sharing a range of texts.
Guided reading
Guided Reading sessions take place every day and each group receives one session with the class teacher but is then involved in a series of extension activities throughout the week. Examples of these include independent reading, Reading Eggs/ Reading Eggspress, spelling practice and phonic games. The texts used are aimed at a slightly higher level than they are able to read independently, and with the support of the class teacher, the children are able to access the text and extend their reading ability and comprehension. The school uses the ‘Rigby Star’ and ‘Collins Big Cats’ schemes for Guided Reading in Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Lower Key Stage 2 (LKS2) – Years 3 and 4 – as they provide a range of engaging and stimulating fiction/non-fiction texts. In KS2, some children with exceptional reading ability may use a range of chapter books selected by the class teacher which further challenge and extend their comprehension skills.
Individual Reading
In Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and KS1, children frequently read independently to an adult. In KS2, children who need more individual support will receive help on a one to one or small group basis.
We use a combination of reading schemes. These include Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Collins Big Cats and Rigby Star. These give a variety of fiction and non–fiction books to develop children’s reading range. Children learn to read at different rates. Pupils work through the book bands through KS1 and then into KS2 where our books are arranged in colour band to help to ensure that pupils are reading a level that is suitable for them.
Reading at Home
Enjoyment and interest is our main aim for your child’s reading; if pupils enjoy reading and being read to it really does make a difference to the progress they make. We emphasise the need for parents to take an active role in their child’s education, supporting the developing reader and encouraging open lines of communication through reading records.At the front of every child’s Reading Record there is a list of reading targets that your child is working on in school. We hope that the targets provided enable parents and carers to support their child further with their reading at home. Please feel free to tick or highlight the targets that you have worked on with your child or you feel your child has achieved. We will use our own recording system in school to monitor your child’s reading progress. 

Children in EYFS and KS1 follow the synthetic phonics approach, using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. This approach to teaching phonics has individual letters or letter sounds blended to form groups of letters or sounds; the groups are then blended to form complete words.
Our daily phonics sessions in EYFS and KS1 are fun, involving lots of speaking, listening and games, with emphasis on children’s active participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent play.
The ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. There are no big leaps in learning. Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’ – words with spellings that are unusual or which children have not yet been taught, eg. ‘to’, ‘was’, ‘said’, ‘the’.
In KS2, spelling forms an integral part of Literacy teaching. The focus is on children making accurate spelling choices and applying these to their work. Children who require further support with their spelling/phonics are able to access a range of intervention groups suitable for their individual needs.
Please see our ‘Phonics and Spelling Policy’ for further information which also incorporates the statutory requirements of the new curriculum.