The Teaching of Early Reading
At New Park, we love and prioritise reading. We are determined to ensure that all of our children become confident, fluent and life-long readers.
At New Park Primary School, reading is at the heart of everything we do. Our English and Reading curriculum has a vast selection of rich and inspirational stories at its heart; we ensure that pupils have lots of opportunities to read in lots of different contexts. We believe that being a fluent and avid reader opens doors for children to the wider world and gives them the tools they need to be lifelong learners.
We believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching the foundations for phonics in Nursery and in Reception, we begin to follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression. The progression ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.
Every teacher in our school has been trained to teach reading, so we have the same expectations of progress and a consistent approach across the school. We all use the same language, routines and resources to teach children to read so that we lower children’s cognitive load.
Phonics enables your child to learn to read quickly by teaching sounds and tricky words in a systematic order. This means that children are able to start reading words and sentences quickly – even as soon as learning their first four sounds! Children learn that sounds can be represented by graphemes (letters) and to blend sounds together to read words.
Throughout the year, your child's class teacher will be running informative workshops to keep you up to date on your child's progress and to inform you on how you can best support your child with their reading at home.
You can also find more information here: https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/