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Great playing after only a few lesson!
Friday 30th November – Mufti Day!!! We are holding this event in aid of the Brackley Round Table Santa Float. Children are invited to wear mufti on this day to assist fund raising efforts for the new float. Please bring in £1 to take part.
A huge thanks to everyone for all of your contributions to @BBCCiN on Friday. All of your efforts have helped us to raise an incredible £1455 for Children in Need! A special thanks you to Mrs Castle and School Council for all of their hard work.
We are very pleased to have the individual and sibling school photos back from The School Photography Company. Please ensure that your completed order and money are returned to us by Friday 23rd November.
🎅🎅🎅 Last few spaces left to see Santa when he visits Bracken Leas! (Don’t worry if you’ve lost the form we just need £5 per child in an envelope, with the names and ages/ classes of the children).🎅🎅🎅
🎅 There are still spaces to visit Santa 🎅 on Dec 14th, organised by @FriendsOfBLeas. If you’ve not returned your slip it’s not too late- we will accept them for the next couple of days until we reach our limit x
4 The Aviary are having a wonderful afternoon coding.
Our bring and buy sale for @BBCCiN has begun!
Thanks to everyone for supporting our @BBCCiN bake sale this morning. Everyone enjoyed a cake and there was even an opportunity for seconds!
Don’t forget to send in your entry next week. Closing date is Friday 23rd Nov.
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At Bracken Leas Primary School phonics is used as the main approach for the teaching of early reading. 


We have a structured synthetics phonics programme in place based on ‘Big Cat Phonics’ and the ‘Letters and Sounds’ framework.  All children up to Year 2 take part in at least five phonics sessions per week.  Children in Key Stage 2 who may still need this approach will also use ‘Support for Spelling’ framework which develops the skills covered in the ‘Letters and Sounds’ document.  Children are usually grouped according to ability for their phonics sessions. Whilst children are taught to use phonics as their first approach to reading they are also taught to read on sight high frequency words which don’t follow the phonics rules, they may call these ‘fast words’ or ‘tricky words’.

We place a high value on individual reading at Bracken Leas.  Children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 read with an adult at least once a week.  Alongside this children take part in group reading sessions where they are encouraged to use and apply their reading skills and take part in discussions about the books they are reading.  All of our early reading books are banded using our own school criteria and with support children are encouraged to choose their own reading books from the appropriate band.  These books include books from different genres and from a range of different series including Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Heinemann, Colour Young Puffin and Blue Bananas.

Children are also encouraged to read for pleasure.  Each classroom has a range of books that children are able to choose from and they also have the opportunity to use the school library regularly to select books to take home and share with their families. Our teachers also regularly read out loud to their class to give children the opportunity to hear and enjoy longer and more challenging texts.