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Reading and Phonics

In January 2022, we adopted the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme for teaching Phonics and Early Reading.

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised draws on the latest research into how children learn best; how to ensure learning stays in children’s long-term memory and how best to enable children to apply their learning to become highly competent readers.

All teachers and support staff are trained in the programme, to ensure skills continue to be supported, practised, and embedded throughout each child’s time with us at Walgrave Primary School.

Follow the link below for further information. We encourage parents to watch the videos which demonstrate the 'sounds' that children are being taught.  If you would like to support your child encourage them to make the sounds for different letters just like the children on the videos.  Practise makes perfect!

Click here to have a look at the Little Wandle resources for parents.

Reception Grapheme Mat

KS1 Grapheme Mat

The systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme we use is Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is linked to our reading scheme. It draws on the latest research into how children learn best; how to ensure learning stays in children’s long term memory and how best to enable children to apply their learning to become highly competent readers. More information can be found here:

https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/

Our Approach to Reading Schemes

At WPPS, children are encouraged to read at home every day. In Foundation Stage,  children are matched to books that reflect the phonics they are learning but also may begin by taking home wordless books when they first start , to allow them to spend time talking to a parent about the book, without being constrained by the necessity to read words. Once children have a good understanding of how books work and have gained some phonics knowledge, they begin to read books containing simple words which can be blended or sounded out.  The reading books are colour banded and, as children become more confident and able readers, they will take home books from different colour bands. The books in the first few colour bands are primarily phonics based, allowing children to apply their phonics knowledge. Once children become fluent readers, a range of books is provided to allow children to engage in more lengthy discussions about the content of the book. 

Reading throughout the curriculum

At WPPS children follow the Literacy Leaf Reading Curriculum.  Children have regular reading sessions to develop their comprehension and love of reading.  All classes have dedicated reading time each day and enjoy a class book.   

We have a range of activities designed to promote children's love of reading including parent reading sessions, regular library time (both within and outside of school hours), reading competitions, author visits etc.