Phonics and Early Reading
At Moulton Primary School, we pride ourselves on the high-quality provision of teaching early reading as soon as children start school. We believe that for all our children to become fluent readers and writers, phonics must be taught through a systematic and structured phonics programme.
Giving children a solid foundation in reading will enable them to develop the secure ability to read confidently/fluently for pleasure and within all curriculum areas. This will enable all children to move from learning to read, to reading to learn, giving them access to the treasure house of reading.
We use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to plan and provide daily engaging phonics lessons. In phonics, we teach children that the letters of the alphabet represent a different sound, that
these can be used in a variety of combinations and are put together to make words. The children learn to recognise all of the different sounds and combinations that they might see when they are reading or writing. Our structured phonics teaching starts in Reception and follows a very specific sequence that allows our children to build on their previous phonic knowledge and master specific phonic strategies as they move through school. As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words that they might discover. At Moulton, we also model these strategies in shared reading and writing both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on the development of language skills for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.
How we teach phonics
Reading Practice Sessions
Applying phonics at home
All children are encouraged to read at home. They will bring their decodable book home that has been matched to their phonic ability and studied in school during reading sessions. This should be read at least three times a week at home to help promote fluency and automaticity. Sharing their ‘going home book’ also supports your child to develop a love of reading for pleasure.
For more information on how to support your child with Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Phonics follow: https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/