Glemsford Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 2PN

01449 613112

Combs Ford Primary School

Welcome to Combs Ford Primary School

Welcome to Year One, where we have lots of fun!

Our class teachers are Mrs Oakley and Mrs Tanner in Squirrels class and Mrs Aldred and Mrs Snow in Hedgehogs class. We are supported by Mrs Moore, Mrs Friday and Mrs Styles.



We teach phonics as a discrete lesson to help the children become secure with the letter names and sounds, enabling them to progress with their reading and spelling. If you are unsure how to pronounce any of the sounds that your child is learning at school, please click here to watch a video which shows you how to pronounce clear sounds.


The Phonics Screening Check:

Across the country, in June, all Year One children undertake a phonics test.  This includes some real words and some alien (made-up) words that they are asked to decode and read.  Please watch the video below, which has been recorded to explain more about the test, what we do in school and how you can help your child at home:


The way we teach reading in school has changed over the last few years. We have moved away from hearing children read individually every week and instead, we teach reading skills to the whole class and then hear children read in groups during guided reading sessions. After every holiday, we hear the children read individually to check they are reading appropriate levelled books. 

We believe regular reading at home helps boost children’s confidence and enables them to consolidate and develop their reading skills further. We run a weekly reading challenge for our Year One children; if they read four times a week at home, for 3 weeks in a row, they receive a small reward. These reading sessions can be as short as 5 minutes at a time and really DO help your child to make progress in all areas of the curriculum.

The children also take home 6 keywords to learn to read and spell; we test them on these words once a week. Please help your child by regularly reading and spelling these words at home. 

We encourage the children to practise their reading and phonics skills by using an online game called Teach Your Monster to Read. Each child is given an individual log-in that they can use both in school and at home.


We are a very friendly team and will be happy to help you and your child in any way we can. If you have any concerns or questions, please come and speak to us straight away and we will make sure we arrange a convenient time to meet with you.

Useful Websites:

ICT Games – particularly good for maths games

Phonics Play - interactive phonics games (phases 2-5)

BBC Bitesize - English, maths and science activities 

Primary Homework Help - an amazing source of information to support all topics!


PLEASE NOTE:  These are links to external sites and we cannot be responsible for any changes in their content, or the adverts that may appear on them.