Early Reading at Reydon Primary School
At Reydon, we believe that reading is the key to success and underpins children's access to the curriculum; it impacts significantly upon their achievement. To be able to read, children need to be taught an efficient strategy to decode words. That strategy is called phonics. Phonic decoding skills must be practised until children become automatic and fluent. We use Little Wandle at Reydon to help us teach the children to read.
Little Wandle is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP). We prioritise the teaching of phonics; we teach phonics daily in Year R and Year 1. It is vitally important that children review and revisit Grapheme Phoneme Correspondences (GPCs) and words, daily, weekly and across terms and years, in order to move this knowledge into the children's long term memory. Our consistent approach to phonics ensures that children are given the best possible foundation for reading, writing and language skills and one that goes beyond the phonics check in Year 1. Not only do we practice this in school, we work with parents and carers to ensure that these skills are built upon at home.
Children need to learn to read as quickly as possible, so that they can move from learning to read, to reading to learn, which then unlocks all aspects of the curriculum. We have high expectations of and children who are not keeping up with their peers are given additional practice and support to develop their skills.
Children enjoy a range of multi-sensory resources to support their phonics learning. On-going assessment of children's progress takes place and the books children read in school and take home to read are fully decodable and matched to children's secure phonics knowledge. As well as fully decodable books, children take home a non-decodable book for sharing that can be either read to or with them. These books play an essential role in developing a love of reading; an important distinction is that these books are being shared with the children, but they are using fully phonically decodable books to practise their independent reading.
For further information please visit the Little Wandle parents page.