Early reading skills are developed in Reception and Key Stage 1 through our daily systematic synthetic phonics teaching. Children develop confidence and fluency by learning to read with trained adults in school, as well as taking home reading books matched to their phonics knowledge to read again with adults at home. Children take home books from the Collins Big Cat for Little Wandle reading scheme. Parent workshops support parents with how to support children’s reading at home. A love for reading is developed through the school with a range of activities including carefully-chosen class reading books, reading volunteers, second hand book sales, World Book Day activities and visits to a local bookshop.
Our daily systematic synthetic phonics teaching follows the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme (transition from Letters and Sounds in Autumn 2021). Children begin this learning as soon as they enter Reception, giving them early success in reading and writing, and work through Phases 2-5 by the end of Year 1. There is a ‘keep up’ programme of interventions for those children who require additional teaching and support. A very high majority of children pass the statutory phonics check at the end of Year 1.
We provide a range of information and support for parents about our phonics teaching and how they can support their children’s learning at home. You can find links to Little Wandle parent resources here.