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The school day begins at 8.55 and closes at 3.30. The school follows the traditional 5 hours a day structure, although clearly there is a great deal of flexibility within that structure, depending on the age of the children and the demands of the curriculum at any particular time.

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The Reception and Key Stage One children follow the structure of  ‘letters and sounds’ within the context of Jolly Phonics. Children quickly learn to recognise the letter (the grapheme) and the sound (the phoneme) that each grapheme represents. They then progress to ‘blending and segmenting’ phonemes in words and to learning digraphs (two letters, one sound) and trigraphs (three letters, one sound).

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Reading Schemes

Reading books are banded in a progressive way.  A range of schemes are available including Oxford Reading Tree, Phonics Bug, Rigby Star and Jelly and Bean. No one reading scheme is rigidly followed. Once children become competent and confident readers they can access a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books according to their interests.



An important part of becoming a mathematician is the fluent and instant recall of certain number facts. At Fountains Earth the children receive ‘maths passports’ with mathematical challenges that become increasingly difficult as their competence grows.  We encourage parents to practise maths recall facts at home to complement the daily practise in school.

Here is our maths passport display and an example passport:


Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education

The Inspection of Anglican Schools Report concluded that, “Learners strong spiritual development is demonstrated by the attitudes that they develop.” As a Church of England school we lay considerable emphasis on that tradition and heritage. Religious education is covered within the broad themes suitable to children’s ages. We teach children about all major world faiths, but with an emphasis on Christianity. Children are encouraged to value differences and to think of others. Positive Christian values are encouraged through the ethos and daily running of the school. Children are taught right from wrong.

We regularly support a variety of charity projects and the children are encouraged to think of others. Much of the traditional PSHCE curriculum is taught, therefore, through R.E. and following the SEAL scheme of work. Further citizenship themes and health related matters are dealt with in dedicated timetabled time some times using highly qualified and experienced professionals from the wider community.


The school recognizes the value of creativity and seeks wherever possible to give children the opportunity to explore and develop their potential in the arts, design and music. Such is the status of music within the school that both the choir and band rehearse in timetabled lessons.


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