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Lunsford: A Journey of Success and Excellence


"I really like the new approach to phonics and the repetition of practising the same book over and over to gain confidence. This is really helping to instill her passion in reading."

Parent in Year 1 March 2023

At Lunsford Primary School we believe that learning to read is one of the most important things a child will ever learn. It underpins everything else, so we believe in making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.


Reading is at the very heart of our curriculum. We are committed to promoting a love for reading and not only giving children opportunities to read in English lessons, but in the wider curriculum too. We believe that all our pupils should have the opportunity to become fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of texts. We aim to deliver a high-quality reading curriculum that engages and inspires children.


We want our children to develop a real love of reading and to want to read for themselves. This is why we work hard to make sure children develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read. We know that reading for pleasure is beneficial not only for not only reading outcomes, but for wider learning enjoyment and mental wellbeing.

Reading Curriculum Intent Implementation Impact

Phonics and Early Reading

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, children engage in daily Phonics sessions that combine synthetic phonics with early reading skills. At Lunsford, we believe in giving children a sound foundation in Phonics alongside skills in problem-solving, fluency, comprehension and self-monitoring.


We have introduced the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme across the school to ensure greater consistency for our children; they learn and practise sounds and tricky words, then practise reading and rereading texts which use the sounds and words they have learned, both in school and at home.  The children also take home 'reading for pleasure' books to share with their parents, in order to broaden their vocabulary and understanding of the world as well as developing a love of books. 


All our teachers and teaching assistants have completed the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds training to ensure consistency across the school.


There is lots of information and resources to help parents support their children with phonics on the Little Wandle website.

Little Wandle Information for Parents

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2

Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1

How to say phase 5 sounds (1).mp4

Reading books with your child

Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

A sharing book. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

Reading practice book

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

Sharing book

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!