Children are taught systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) from YR following the Little Wandle Letters & Sounds Revised programme in daily lessons. We use a multi-sensory approach which includes rhymes, phrases and pictures. Children are able to blend sounds into words to learn to read as well as segment words to write. For further information about how we teach phonics and reading, see the presentation link below.
Reading books from Collins Big Cat are matched to the Little Wandle Letters & Sounds Revised phases so that children can practise the phonics they are learning in school at home. Each child will read their reading practice book three times at school, following a focus of decoding, prosody and comprehension. This book will then go home so that they can build their fluency and confidence.
Once children's phonics knowledge is secure, a variety of different books are available to them. As well as books, we have an e-library platform that every child has access to. In addition, a variety of different sharing books are used from our school library. Children read a variety of fiction, poetry and non-fiction books.
A reading spine is a core set of books that children will engage with throughout their time at school. We have created personalised reading spines for each year group, which we review regularly to ensure that we continue to offer our children a text rich curriculum. Through creating these reading spines we can ensure that each child experiences a range of high quality texts and authors during their time at school and helps to foster a love for reading in our children.