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Reading and Phonics

How to Help Your Child with Phonics and Reading

Children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 are taught to read in daily whole class phonics lessons.  Children learn the sounds (phonemes) that different letters, and groups of letters (graphemes) make e.g. oa as in goat or igh as in light. They learn to blend these sounds to read words. Some children in Y3 to Y6 are also taught phonics to help them catch up with their reading. Teachers use the Little Wandle scheme to teach their daily phonics sessions. Below you will find links to videos from Little Wandle to help you and your child with their phonics.

Children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 have three group reading sessions each week. These focus on decoding (working out what words say), prosody (expression or story voice) and comprehension (understanding what you have read). Groups are small, from 2 to 6 children, and are led by a teacher or a teaching assistant. The children focus on the same book each session so they become familiar with it. They then take this book home to share with an adult,.

Reading lessons in Y3 to Y6 focus more on comprehension, prosody and fluency. Where children in KS2 still struggle to decode they have additional small group or individual sessions to support them. Older children may also access one to one daily reading sessions with our specialised reading teaching assistant, Miss Day.


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