Safeguarding Notice

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have any concerns regarding the safeguarding of any of our pupils please contact the school

Our Child Protection and Safeguarding policies can be found here

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Heatherlands Primary School uses the Letters and Sounds phonics programme alongside Jolly Phonics. Phonics is taught daily in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. In Key Stage 2, phonics is taught where needed but is used as a reading/spelling strategy throughout.


Link to Jolly phonics:


Link to letters and sounds:


Website suggestions for phonics:




The children progress through the book band colour programme which allows the school to track, monitor and assess progress in line with age related expectations.



Home Reading

All children have a book band reading scheme book which they take home to read daily. It is recommended that children read as much as possible.


Children who cannot read well at the end of primary school are less likely to succeed in secondary school and, in adult hood, are likely to earn less than their peers.  Children’s reading ability and later life chances, London :Save The Children

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Early Years and years 1 and 2 have a reading record book which parents are to sign when having heard their child read at home.

Please refer to the guidelines letter to see the expectation of parental support with home reading for Key Stage 2.


Book Fair

Heatherlands Primary School have 2 book fairs annually, provided by Travelling Books. These are typically in the Autumn and Spring term. These are held in the main foyer of the original school building and are open from 3.15pm-3.45pm for a week.

We receive a great deal of commission on books sold which is spent on new books for your children so please do support the book fairs.

Letters and leaflets are sent out to inform you of dates and books your children can purchase.


Link to book fair:


All of the children's English work is linked to a wide range of high quality texts by a range of classic and modern authors.


English national curriculum:


At Heatherlands Primary School we follow the Nelson Handwriting Scheme. Children are taught to begin joining their handwriting from Year 1. Children will begin to use handwriting pens from Year 4.



At Heatherlands Primary School we follow the no-nonsense spelling programme inline with the National Curriculum. Children have spellings they need to learn at home on a weekly basis which they are then tested on at school. Children in Key Stage 2 also follow the cued spelling programme.


Spelling list link:


Annual Spellathon Event

At Heatherlands we have an effective and fun spelling award program called the Spellathon whereby our pupils can learn to spell tricky words at home and be awarded with bronze, silver and gold achievement badges. The Spellathon event runs in parallel to the pupils’ regular phonics and spelling activities.

There are three Spellathon event days over a chosen half term. The Spellathon event will be held on three separate days during different weeks where our pupils can go for their achievement badges of bronze then silver and finally be awarded our prestigious gold award.

Each of our pupils are given their own group Spellathon word lists to get into training with. Each of the words lists will be split into bronze, silver and gold award levels. Children will be encouraged to learn all of the spellings for the achievement badge they hope to go for. They are tested on a random number of words from the word list shared and need to get a certain number correct to be awarded their Spellathon achievement badge.

These words lists can be found on our Heatherlands school website within our children's section for their Year group area. Website address:

Parent Workshops

Throughout the school year there are various phonics, reading and writing workshops available for you to attend. Details of these will be sent to you by letter.


Advice for  hearing your child read and spell:

Winter Warmers and Summer Sizzlers Events

We also have some parent reading events which are ran by our library providers Hampshire Library Service. At these events, you will be given advice about hearing your child read and then have the opportunity to spend quality time reading with your child in a relaxed environment - there's hot chocolate and biscuits too!


Advice for hearing your child read and spell:

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