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Early Reading & Phonics

As leaders, we are determined that every pupil will learn to read, regardless of their background, needs or abilities.  We use and train staff with Little Wandle reading and phonics.

Stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction books are everywhere in our learning environments and are carefully chosen to develop pupils’ vocabulary, language comprehension and love of reading.  In every classroom, there is a ’read again box’, so our pupils are familiar with and enjoy listening to a wide range of stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction texts.

There is a wealth of opportunities for pupils to practice reading and phonics in the inside and outside environments.

Teachers assess pupils’ phonics progress every 6 weeks, and reading leads ensure the sequence of reading books shows a cumulative progression in phonics knowledge that is matched closely to the school’s phonics programme.

Once pupils have completed the Little Wandle scheme, they read books linked to the national book bands. These books are a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry and are not fully decodable. Any pupil who is falling behind is given targeted support.