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 Snow in Squirrels class and Mrs Aldred and Mrs Snow in Hedgehogs class (yes, Mrs Snow teaches in both classes!)

We are supported by Mrs Styles, Mrs Chapman and Mrs Lacchin, our teaching assistants. Mrs Elmer is our HLTA who supports in class and covers lessons.



We teach phonics as a discrete lesson to help the children become confident with the skills of decoding and blending phonemes (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 children will bring home weekly phonics homework that will give them a chance to show you what they have been doing in school, please go through this with your child each week as it will really help to secure their understanding of the teaching from the week.  


The Phonics Screening Check:

Across the country, in June, all Year One children undertake a Phonics Screening Check.  This includes some real words and some alien (made-up) words that they are asked to decode and read.  Normally, we would hold a parents’ information meeting to explain what this entails but due to COVID restrictions we are unable to run this so we have recorded the meeting for you. Please watch the video below, which has been recorded to explain more about the screening check, 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. Across the school the Battle of the Book competition is run; if they read four times a week at home, for 3 weeks in a row, they receive a small reward.  Each classes score is collected as a percentage and the highest score each week is celebrated in Mr Clark’s assembly.  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.

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.