Handbook for parents & carers

3. The school day


The children at Lindal and Marton Primary School are taught in mixed classes.

The school is currently orgainsed into four classes.  Specific curriculum content for each class can be found on their page:

Class 1:     Reception and Year 1

Class 2:     Year 2 and Year 3

Class 3:     Year 3 and Year 4

Class 4:     Year 5 and Year 6


As with many small schools, fluctuating numbers and small cohorts may mean that this organisation changes from year to year.  For this reason the school's long term planning is reviewed on an annual basis.  The curriculum content will also be communicated each term to parents through the class newsletters which are written by class teachers and also on each class' webpage. 

Reading and Spelling

Early reading and spelling skills are taught using the Letters and Sounds programme.  The Letter and Sounds programme consists of 6 phases which the children progress through and often the children will be grouped according to the phase they are on.  This may involve children form different classes working together at different points throughout the week.

Once children have completed Phase 6 of Letters and Sounds, they move onto the Read Write Inc Spelling Programme.  Read Write Inc is a systematic spellng programme used for Years 2-6. 

At Lindal and Marton Primary School, the children's reading is developed through the use of the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, chosen because the books are written with a mix of high-frequency and decodable words to develop a range of reading strategies and they support the teaching of synthetic phonics. Our children learn to read at their own pace, but as a guide the stages can be broken down as follows:

Although Oxford Reading Tree is the main reading scheme used initially, we supplement it with books from other schemes to ensure the children are reading a wide variety of books.  We also believe that children should become free and independent readers as soon as possible and they are quickly encouraged to make their own choices.