Crakehall Church of England Primary School

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Crakehall Church of England Primary School

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Curriculum & Learning

Phonics, Reading and Handwriting Schemes


At Crakehall Church of England Primary School we use a range of schemes to help our children learn.


Our phonics teaching is based around the Department for Education’s ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. To support this programme we have developed our own ‘Woodland Phonics’ resources which promote engagement and progress through the phases. We understand the value of a solid phonics foundation to develop fluent readers, phonics is therefore taught daily in the first few years of school.


Further up the school children have regular spelling lessons to teach the rules or conventions of spelling. The spelling programme is based around the National Curriculum’s spelling appendix for each year group and children learn, consolidate and extend their knowledge through a range of engaging activities.


The handwriting used at Crakehall Church of England Primary School is based on the Nelson Handwriting Scheme. This scheme ensures the children learn to join their handwriting during Year 1 and have developed their own individual style by the time they leave school in Year 6.


At Crakehall Church of England Primary School we actively encourage reading for pleasure, as well as using the reading scheme to progress the children’s reading skills. Celebration Assemblies are used to highlight children who have excelled at their reading throughout the previous week. Children are encouraged to share book recommendations and talk about their reading experiences, understanding that their opinions are valued and appreciated.

Synergy Trust Schools

About Synergy Schools

Synergy Schools is a federation of primary schools in the north of North Yorkshire. The federation was formed in September 2018 after the 2017-18 academic year, when Brompton-on-Swale and Crakehall CE Primary Schools successfully shared senior leadership capacity.