Phonics and Reading
All children from Nursery to Y2 receive daily, systematic, synthetic phonics lessons, following the Little Wandle programme, to develop their awareness of letter sounds and their ability to blend (read) and segment (spell) fluently. Key Stage 2 children also access daily sessions if their own phonics understanding needs further development.
At Preston Primary, we see the development of children’s reading as a very high priority. From Nursery through to the end of KS2, we cater for every child, through targeted teaching and intervention programmes. Reading for enjoyment is promoted and encouraged, both at school and at home.
Our Reading Scheme is linked directly to Little Wandle to ensure that children receive books that match their decoding abilities
All children engage in reading sessions with their teachers and teaching assistants. From Early Years, children begin formally taking reading books home, beginning with Storytelling Books (which are books without words) and then, as their phonics ability allows children to read words, books containing words and sentences, which allows phonics to become embedded into their everyday reading practice. In Y1, children read weekly, on a one-to-one basis with their teacher. Guided reading sessions are used in school to develop fluency and understanding.
Further reading activities, across KS1 and KS2, are delivered through specifically timetabled reading lessons and other areas of the curriculum.
Intervention programs are in place for those children who will benefit from a more targeted, one-to-one approach to reading. This involves children accessing a reading ‘Catch-Up’ scheme, enabling these children to become more confident in their reading ability and empowering them to achieve their potential.
Further information on our approach to reading can be found in our Reading Strategy. Click above to view it.
For a progression document to show how reading is progressive and linear from Y1 to Y6, click on the link above.