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St Mary's C of E

School Bideford

Partnerships with parents and how to support children at home


By the time children start school they will already have learnt a great number of skills and they will continue to learn at home as well as at school.

As a team we will endeavour to keep you well informed about what is happening in school. The school website is regularly updated with useful information including the school calendar dates.

If at the end of the day, your child wants to show you something they have been doing at school please, feel free to come into the classroom. If they have done something at home that you are pleased with then please share it with us. We have found Tapestry is a fantastic way to share learning so please contribute to your child’s journal.  We will have opportunities for you to get involved in school life throughout the year. We always welcome parent volunteers so if you are interested in being a parent reader or volunteering in another form then please speak to a member of staff.


How to support learning  at home in the Foundation Stage

Reading in Foundation Stage

Children are taught to read at St Mary’s through the systematic teaching of synthetic phonics. The phonics programme we follow as a school is ‘Letters and Sounds’.

During Foundation stage the children are taught Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4 from letters and sounds and are regularly assessed to ensure that they have a sound understanding of these phases. Where children are not secure in a phase they will then work with an intervention group to ensure that they are working at age related expectation. Children also take part in guided reading sessions which enable them to develop their comprehension skills as well as consolidating their ability to segment and blend in sentences. Children also take part in regular 1:1 reading sessions.