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Lakeside Primary School

Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6HR

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At Lakeside, we see reading as the golden thread to learning. Being able to read enables children to acquire the knowledge they need in order to succeed in life. This means building strong foundations from the very first day of school that will make a real difference to a child’s future.

The ability to read opens doors and gives children access to a wealth of knowledge. It is therefore crucial that early reading is seen as an absolute priority. Unless children can read, they can’t learn to the full.

Reading to children in our school, building their vocabulary and their knowledge of language, is a prerequisite of success. Teachers are expected to regularly read to and hear children read; teach phonics; give children time to practise and consolidate their growing knowledge and importantly, ensure that any child who falls behind with their reading, catches up quickly.

Video Help Guides - Phonics

We have created some useful videos to support you when you are working on phonics with your child. We hope you find them useful.