Whiteknights Primary School and reading for young children

Congratulations to Whiteknights Primary on becoming a literacy teaching hub. Whiteknights has done well in teaching reading to young children and is now one of a few schools selected to provide help to other primary schools to raise their standards of literacy. More money will be paid to the hub schools to carry out these duties. Pupils at the  hub schools should also benefit from the work the teachers put in to improve teaching techniques and to spread their local successes more widely.

One of the crucial elements is using synthetic phonics to assist early reading, as evidence shows this is the best method to encourage young children to read.  This is a crucial task, as people’s life chances and job prospects are much improved if they achieve good standards of literacy.

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  1. Alan Woolf (ex-Head)
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Primary schools – in particular the Infant years – should be released tout court from any requirement to teach anything other than literacy and numeracy (and courtesy).
    Other subjects – Music, PE, humanities and science – should be taught at the discretion of the Head and (perhaps) Governors.

  2. Nigel Seymour
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    J, Well done again on raising the non Brexit issues. Let’s see what response you get?

    So, let’s get the kid’s learning something…

    “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee” – some bloke called John Donne me thinks?

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