At Temple Guiting School we aim for all our children to become fluent, confident readers who are passionate about reading.
Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.
We can achieve this together through:
Little Wandle, a program to help to your child read at school
Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily, at home and at school
Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home
Our aim is for all children to have a secure and solid knowledge and understanding of letters and sounds, ensuring that it is embedded and built upon as they progress through the Early Years and KS1. From Reception, Phonics is taught following the Little Wandle Revised Letters and Sounds Programme, which ensures a consistent and systematic approach to the teaching and learning of phonics. Children have discrete, daily phonics teaching following the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression. During these sessions children revise previous knowledge, are introduced to new phonemes, graphemes and tricky words, practice blending and segmenting for reading and writing and have plenty of opportunities to apply their newly learnt knowledge and skills. Teachers draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure children are stretched and challenged and to identify children who may need additional support.
At Temple Guiting School, we encourage and support the application of phonics within shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum.
Staff are dedicated to advocating the love and pleasure of reading by immersing children in stories through shared reading and encouraging discussion around books. Whilst early reading is explicitly taught through phonics, it is also interwoven into all aspects of learning across the school curriculum.
Daily phonics lessons in Reception and Year 1
Year 2 and beyond
Reading Practice Sessions
We teach children to read through reading practice sessions three times a week.
Assessment is used to monitor progress and to identify any child needing additional support as soon as they need it.
the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds placement assessment
the appropriate half-termly assessments
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.
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!