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Please come along and support our Book Fair next week.
RT @brackenleas1: Can you help support Santa with your bakes/buys to sell next Monday? It would be fantastically appreciated!! All proceeds…
We are pleased to announce that Victoria Pratt has very kindly taken on the role of Chair of @FriendsOfBLeas as Mrs Petrons is standing down after 3 years as Chair! Many thanks to her for her fantastic contribution and best wishes to Victoria. 🍀🍀🍀
RT @MCSBrackley: We are currently advertising for an Apprentice Caretaker. Please apply via the school website if interested in this role..…
Can you help support Santa with your bakes/buys to sell next Monday? It would be fantastically appreciated!! All proceeds to the @BrackleyRT for their Santa Float! We've got to get him some new wheels before his rounds begin!! See Mrs Pratt for more details. 🍰🎂🥮
Wednesday 26th-Tuesday 2nd October @TheBookPeople Book Fair taking place in the Rockpool from 3.15-4.00. Our school will receive up to 25% commission on the books we sell. Please come along and take a look! Payment by cash or cheque.
Mrs Beale's Funkeys Singers have won an audition for Britains Got Talent! We wish them all the best and look forward to watching their progress through the competition!
Please take a minute to read Mrs Harwood's Welcome Back News post on our website.
Please come along if you can. FOBL do an amazing job raising much needed funds for our school.
Our new Early Years children are settling in well and everyone is having a fantastic time!
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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.