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Irk Valley Community School


The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.


We can not state how important it is for you to sign your child's green reading record each night once you have read/questioned them to evidence that they are practicing these techniques. 


Children who 'Strive for 5' by having their book signed 5 times a week can win book vouchers at the end of a term.

Reading Expectations


Reading Towards the Expected Standard children should:

  • Hear and say initial sounds in words. 
  • Segment and blend sounds in simple words. 
  • Begin to read words and simple sentences. 
  • Describe main story setting, events and characters. 
  • Listens to stories with increasing attention and recall.

Reading At the Expected Standard children should:

  • Read and understand simple sentences.
  • They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately.
  • They also read some common irregular words.
  • They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Reading Above the Expected Standard children should:

  • Can read phonically regular words of more than 1 syllable as well as many irregular but high frequency words. 
  • Uses phonic, semantic and syntactic knowledge to understand unfamiliar vocabulary.
  • Can describe the main events in the simple stories they have read.