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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.

Reading Strategies

In KS1 we encourage the children to use one of following strategies to help them overcome any tricky words whilst reading.  Watch the videos below to see Mrs. Cross model each of the five strategies.

1. Use our phonics to help segment and blend.

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2. Break the word up using our hands.

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3. Re-read the word again and again.

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4. Keep reading and come back to the word.

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5. Look at the pictures/ illustrations to help.

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