"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.