Our role as a school is to give all our pupils the best possible education, and to raise standards and improve learning for all our pupils.

What do we teach?

Solebay Primary Academy follows the National Curriculum. We have a topic based approach to teaching, and history, geography and religious education are taught through English. This means that we can have many rich and varied opportunities for writing which help pupils in their understanding of topic material. All classes from year 1 upwards study the same topic, at the same time, at their own standard. This allows for school wide sharing of learning and means that pupils in different year groups can discuss their work and learning together. Where possible, topics are organised to coincide with nationwide and worldwide events and celebrations.

Pupils in reception are taught in accordance with the Department for Education’s early years foundation stage guidance. Topics are chosen to reflect pupil interests and needs.

Further information relating to curriculum is available on request – please contact the academy.

How are reading and phonics taught?

Phonics is the system of learning to read by using sounds. At Solebay, the Read Write Inc. programme is used to teach phonics. In Reception, pupils are taught to blend sounds into words and they read from books at their standard daily. This continues throughout KS1 and KS2 with daily phonic lessons and daily Guided Reading with comprehension to test pupils’ understanding. Reading good quality literature to pupils provides ideas for Extended Writing lessons. Each class has a book area with attractive books that appeal to all pupils within that class and are available to take home.

We strongly encourage parents/carers to help foster a love of reading in their children. That is why we provide resources to achieve this aim.

Why reading is important:

  • Reading helps you achieve your goals
  • Reading will help you with different jobs and careers
  • Reading will help increase your knowledge
  • Reading will help you understand morals and how to behave
  • Reading can inspire you
  • Reading can make you laugh and make you happy
  • Reading will help you improve your vocabulary
  • Reading is fun

Download the Why Reading is Important leaflet.

Last updated November 17, 2015