If you have any questions related to English or learning in general that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Clarke.

English Termly Overviews 2020-21


At Nursery Hill, we teach children to read and spell using Phonics. There are 44 sounds or 'phonemes' in the English language, which we put together to form words.


Some phonemes correspond to a single letter (e.g. the letter 't' makes one sound), while others correspond to pairs or groups of letters (e.g. 'ch' and 'air' each make one sound).

Children are taught the sounds first, then how to match the sounds to letters. They are then taught blending and segmenting. Blending is the process of merging sounds together to read whole words. Segmenting involves breaking down a word into individual phonemes and helps with spelling.

We use Read Write Inc. to teach Phonics. This video shows how it works:


While the children learn to read at school, reading together with your child at home has many benefits. It not only helps to develop their literacy skills and their love of reading, but it also helps to build a strong relationship with your child.


Try to find a quiet place away from life's distractions, even if it's for 10 minutes and enjoy reading together. Click on the images to find out more about our different reading schemes.

English at Home

English is an essential skill, but it can feel daunting for some children and adults. By making English part of everyday life, you can help your child to feel confident when working with words.


Here is a reading comprehension exercise, which you can use with your child.

Turn on the Subtitles

Stephen Fry talks about the benefits of putting subtitles on when children are watching television. Click and watch the video to find out more. 

Useful Websites

The following websites have lots of information about Phonics and reading tips. Click on the images to find out more.

Local Libraries

A visit to the local library is a great way to spend quality time with your child and inspires a love of reading. There is a library and information centre in Nuneaton and another in Hartshill. Click on the links to find out more.

Nuneaton Library and Information Centre

Church St, Nuneaton CV11 4DR

0300 555 8171


Hartshill Community Library

Church Road, Hartshill CV10 0LY

02476 399511