We are passionate about reading at Marlborough and would love you to help nurture a love of books with your child throughout their childhood. Reading is such an important skill that helps children to achieve their very best in all areas of life.

The MOST important thing you can do is continue to read to your child – no matter how old they are! You are their role model and greatest teacher!

This article shares some great research about continuing to read with your child:

Not sure what books are out there for your child or children to read? In addition to your local library, Amazon is a great starting place when you’re looking for a new read. Books can be sorted by popularity and customer rating – with the option to read a review or even the first few pages of a book before purchasing. The Book Trust also has regularly updated recommendations and tips for reading with your child



In FS and KS1 children are taught to read using phonics. For adults, it’s a confusing world of terms. The following link is a fool proof guide to helping your child with their phonics courtesy of the Alphablocks from CBeebies!

Being able to say them is pretty confusing too! This is a short video to help you support your child with how to say their letter sounds which will help them with their reading.

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Writing at Marlborough is inspired by a variety of books and experiences throughout the year. Consequently, our children are engaged, enthusiastic and have a purpose to write.

Grammar and spelling is taught discreetly in lessons, although children have spellings sent home weekly and tested the following week. Their spellings and results will be included in their reading diary so you can help them with any tricky words or spelling patterns.



Handwriting is taught discreetly at Marlborough, beginning in Reception where the children learn to form individual letters correctly.  In Year One, the children are introduced to cursive script and begin to learn how to join their letters.  Handwriting continues to be a focus in Year Two, where the majority of children will learn to use cursive script fluently.  A neat cursive style is modelled and encouraged throughout the school.