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Reading and Phonics Hub

The importance of reading for children cannot be underestimated.

Reading for pleasure can benefit a child’s education, social and cognitive development, their wellbeing, and their mental health.

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what’s printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It’s important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child doesn’t understand every word, they’ll hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard.

As children start to learn to read at school, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.

In our Reading Hub, you will find lots of useful links about early reading, reading at home and parents’ guides linked to our phonics scheme, Little Wandle Letters and Sounds.

Little Wandle

We use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds to teach phonics. This is a systematic, synthetic phonics programme that was validated by the Department for Education in July 2021. All teachers and teaching assistants have completed training modules provided by Little Wandle to ensure a whole school understanding of the approach.

The Little Wandle website has lots of information to support reading at home, including videos and guides showing how we teach sounds:

Click here for Reception Sounds Aut 1

Click here for Reception Sounds Aut 2

Click here for Reception Sounds Spring 1 - Phase 3

Click here for Year 1 sounds - Phase 5

Click here for Year 1 Phonics Screening Check information

World Book Day

We can't wait to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March 2024. We strive to promote a love for reading every day and will be reading lots of wonderful texts and talking about books we love. Children are all invited come in dressed as their favourite book characters.

Look out for photos from the day coming soon!
Reading Recommendations:
World Book Day for families:

Click here to see our World Book Day Newsletter