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Helping your child in school

Learning to read and the importance of phonics


At Poppleton Ousebank, we pride ourselves in our approach to teaching phonics and the joy of reading. Our children experience reading each day and we systematically help them to become a better reader with a passion for language and an excitement of books.


Read Write Inc

At Poppleton Ousebank Primary School we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:


  •   learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts

  •   learn to read words using Fred Talk

  •   read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out

  •   show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.


When using RWI to write the children will:

  •   learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.

  •   learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk

  •   write simple sentences



Being a fluent reader opens up a host of opportunities to our children. The more a child reads, the more able they will be to read more challenging material and have a greater depth to their learning.


Families can find out more on the following website



Becoming a 'Literacy driven parent' at home.

Reading is at the heart of learning at Poppleton Ousebank, as we acknowledge how the love of reading improves the use of language, the understanding of skills associated with reading and the knowledge that we can gain from engaging with text. Through our curriculum work, we pass on our enthusiasm for reading and show children how they can learn from books, the internet and other reading sources. We encourage you to be part of your child's reading motivation and success by reading to them, with them and getting excited about books.

Spelling Rules for Years 1-6

Grammar Terminology - end of KS2 expectations

Mathematics has changed considerably over the years and the methods used in school can be confusing. To help understand the different methods, please look at our Calculation Policy. You are welcome to talk to your child's class teacher if you have any concerns.

Supporting your child with maths at home


Be positive about maths. Don't say things like "I can’t do maths" or "I hated maths at school"; your child might start to think like that themselves.

Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving maths such as using money, cooking and travelling.

Praise your child for effort rather than talent - this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.

Support your child to learn their times tables and number bonds - knowing these facts fluently will support your child in all areas of their maths learning. 


The link below has some ideas of games and activities to support your child in their maths learning.

School Motto

“Capturing the Imagination of Young Minds”

School Awards