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Welcome to Malden Manor Primary School

Welcome to Malden Manor, where our aim is to provide an educational experience of the highest quality for all the children in our care. By creating an inclusive and stimulating learning environment, we seek to capture pupils’ interest, extend their knowledge and raise their aspirations. Our teaching and learning is designed to bring learning to life, both in the classroom and through a variety of inspiring experiences in the wider community. In line with our objective of being the best we can be, we encourage children to take an active role in their education, developing the skills they need for independent learning. Parental involvement is vital for children to achieve their best so it is encouraged at every stage of learning.

Malden Manor is a vibrant and welcoming community in which we strive for the highest standards of attainment – whether academic, artistic or sporting. We find and nurture hidden talents, celebrating the strengths of every child.

Our expectations in terms of both learning and behaviour are high and the children respond with delightful enthusiasm, politeness and consideration for others. Our broad curriculum and rich programme of extra-curricular activities – including the popular breakfast and after-school clubs – provide a well-rounded education, supported by excellent pastoral care. Together with my team of dedicated staff and governors, I invite you to visit the school to see for yourself the fantastic opportunities it offers your child.

Katherine Tremain


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Reading and Phonics

Reading and Phonics at Malden Manor

Reading happens all the time in the classroom and around school. Learning how to read and to understand what we have read is one of the most important skills we can give our children. It is not just about reading books though, or learnt in Literacy lessons. Children practise using their reading skills constantly: they read in maths lessons and topic lessons; they read non-fiction books, posters, instructions and leaflets; they read displays and charts and games; they read on the laptop and ipad and of course on the interactive whiteboard.
Our aim is to encourage the children to love reading so that they become lifelong readers.

Phonics at Malden Manor

At Malden Manor we teach phonics using the systematic synthetic phonics Read Write Inc programme. Learning begins in Nursery and carries on into Key Stage 2. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 learn phonics daily.

Phonics is based on learning the smallest sounds that make up a word: ch – i – p

Children begin with the idea that sounds match to letters. They learn to blend letters together to make words. They also learn to read on sight some of the more common words (sometimes called Red Words or High Frequency Words) that cannot be sounded out using their phonic skills.

They also learn to say a word and segment it into its separate sounds so that they can then spell it correctly. There are some common words that cannot be spelt in this way and these must just be learnt.

Reading at Home

Once the children begin in Reception they will start to bring home a reading book. They might initially be books with no words. These help a child to re-tell a story in their own words and to discuss what is happening without worrying about words on the page.

Once they have learnt their first sounds your child will begin to bring home books which contain simple sentences. They will be able to use their phonics knowledge to sound out some of these words. They will also begin to recognise some of the Red Words. However, reading to your child is still very important at this stage.

When the children move in to Year 1 they will start to bring home books from our colour coded system which is matched to their ability to decode the words as well as to understand what they have read. It is important to continue to talk about the books with your child.

Children are expected to read at home every evening.


Reading Lists - please click on the links below for ideas of books to read with your child or that they can read independently.

Early Years Reading List

KS1 Reading List

Lower KS2 Reading List

Upper KS2 Reading List

Reading with your child reception
Reading with your child Year 1 and 2
Reading with your child Year 3 and 4
Reading with your child Year 5 and 6