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Great Totham Primary School

Enjoy Respect Achieve

01621 891091

Headteacher: Miss S Vass

Learning the GTPS Way


  At Great Totham Primary School we value the all-round development of our pupils and whilst a significant proportion of this concerns academic achievement we know and understand that strong individuals are developed through access to a range of much wider experience. This philosophy to learning and development ensures that we strive to provide the widest range of opportunities to all of the pupils in our school, during, before and after the school day including those beyond the school.


We place great importance on the all-round development of all of our pupils and understand the significance of social, emotional development and promoting positive mental health. All pupils and families, at some point, will face challenges and we pride ourselves on our ability to help support children through these difficult times. Our in-school Family Support Team is always ready to listen.  

This all-round understanding of development is encompassed by our school motto 'Enjoy, Respect, Achieve'.

Our visions and aims provide more detail of what we aim to provide for all members of our school community.


If you would like to know more about our curriculum, please have a look at the year group blog pages and the Whole School Curriculum page, or speak to your child's teacher.






We develop children’s reading skills through a systematic approach to synthetic phonics. The schemes currently in use are Letters and Sounds and Jolly phonics.

Our reading books are primarily from Oxford Reading Tree, but the scheme is supplemented with other reading materials to provide a variety as appropriate. These books are grouped in stages of increasing difficulty and offer a balance of fiction and non-fiction reading.

When joining Year R parents are invited to discuss the teaching of phonics and the reading scheme to help you to support your children at home. In Year 2 additional reading workshops are held to help you support your children with their comprehension skills.

In KS2 the children will have guided reading sessions with associated homework that further develops higher order comprehension skills.

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