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The Good Shepherd

Catholic Primary School

“I am the Good Shepherd; I know my own and my own know me”. John 10:14"


Here in the EYFS, Good Shepherd children’s life-long love of reading begins.  Our curriculum is designed to develop language comprehension and word reading, necessary for both reading and writing, from the very start of a child’s life in our setting.   


Our setting is language-rich; adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together.  In nursery children’s speaking and listening skills, and their phonological awareness, are all developed.  Sound knowledge including oral segmenting and blending, and word reading, are taught right from the start of reception.  This involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words.  Writing involves transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech, before writing).

Children practise what they've been taught with access to the right resources such as story props to act out well-loved books they have been read to at home and in school, and a range of materials to have a go at using the sounds they have learned

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With Love at the core of all we do at The Good Shepherd we: Learn to Love together, Love to Learn together, pray together and play together. Putting our faith into action. Growing in the Love and Truth of Christ in His Church for the benefit of all.