Open Day for Nursery and Reception - Tuesday 27th November 9.30am - 10.30am

Was your Child born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015. Wondering where to send them to school? Why not join us at Ark Dickens Primary Academy in September 2019

Come along to our Open Day on Tuesday 27th November between 9.30am and 10.30am for an Early Years tour and to meet our EYFS lead.


Please call the school on 02392 826514 and ask for Mrs Cooper to book your space at our open day on Tuesday 27th November 2018

Early Reading Skills

Depth before breadth:  Our first priority is to build a secure foundation in literacy and numeracy as the basis for all other learning.  Pupils are taught to read, write and work with numbers fluently and confidently.  Where pupils need extra support, it is provided to ensure that every child reaches and exceeds nationally expected standards.

Our English teaching focuses on speaking and listening, reading and writing using synthetic phonics and other reading strategies.  We use the Read Write Inc. reading programme which is based on "synthetic phonics" that is, children learn what combinations of letters make all the different sounds in English and to blend these to make words and how to decode words when they see these combinations.  You can find more details of how the scheme works and material to use helping your child at home here:    

Reading Volunteers

We have a team of reading volunteers from the local community and students from Portsmouth University who come in to listen to readers.  We welcome volunteers who want to join us and offer training in supporting readers.

Speed sounds

The speed sounds are the foundation of the Read Write Inc. phonics programme and are the building blocks for reading. Children learn their sounds, starting with set 1 in reception, and then begin blending them into words, gradually increasing in difficulty. We aim for children to know sets 1, 2 and 3 by the end of year 1. 
The Speed Sounds are taught as 'pure sounds' to make it simpler when blending them together to read words. This might be a little different to the way many adults learnt to read.