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Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.

Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read.

Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.

Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. For example, the sound k can be spelled as c, k, ck or ch.

Teaching children to blend the sounds of letters together helps them decode unfamiliar or unknown words by sounding them out. For example, when a child is taught the sounds for the letters tpa and s, they can start to build up the words: “tap”, “taps”, “pat”, “pats” and “sat”.

At Coopers Edge School, we use the Bug Club to support and enhance our teaching of Phonics. 


Social, Moral,


Literature Festival

European Day of Languages                            

Gloucester History Festival 
Harvest Festival

Remembrance Day 

Black History Month       

Yom Kippur               

National Poetry Day             


Guy Fawkes Night   

Armistice Day                 

Anti-Bullying Week     

Children in Need   





Spiritual and Cultural


St Valentine’s Day

Shove Tuesday & Lent 

Chinese New Year 


Commonwealth Day

St David’s Day

World Book Day

St Patrick’s Day

Mothering Sunday 

Events Calender



Good Friday & Easter 


Eid ul Fitr

St George’s Day

Cheese Rolling Festival

Pride Month

World Environment Day

World Ocean Day

Eid al-Adha

Above is a list of some of the Social, Emotional, Spiritual and Cultural festivals and celebrations that have been highlighted in our school as festivals to share. This is not an extensive list and is ever changing as we move forward. 

If you have any festivals or celebrations you feel we could add, please contact Mrs Pearce, our Social, Emotional, Spiritual and Cultural lead at kpearce@coopersedge.gloucs.sch.uk


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