Our Nursery pupils receive a daily Little Wandle phonics session. Within sessions, pupils focus on listening skills and segmenting and blending in preparation for reading letters and learning letter sounds when they start school in reception.
Within Reception and Year 1 children access a focussed daily programme of phonics through the Little Wandle programme. Lessons are led by both teachers and teaching assistants.
Where Y2 and older children require additional practice, further phonics sessions are provided until their phonics knowledge is secure.
The DfE has stated that phonics teaching needs to be delivered through a validated scheme unless a robust programme is delivered consistently across the school with proven evidence of good outcomes for pupils. We have implemented the Little Wandle Phonics scheme https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/ Little Wandle provides a complete, systematic synthetic phonics programme and uses high quality learning resources. We have six full sets of reading books to match the scheme, all of which are phonetically decodable. Children read their phonics book in phonics sessions and also take them home along with a 'sharing book' to enjoy with other family members. All teachers and teaching assistants have received the training for Little Wandle Letters and Sounds. You can find resources for parents to help you support you child here: https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/
Here at Woore, we consider ourselves to be a reading school. Early readers are supported through high quality phonics lessons which teach individual sounds, segmenting and blending. This is taught daily to embed the sounds, to ensure children have the foundations to become confident readers. As children enter KS2, there is an increased emphasis on reading comprehension skills. This is taught through the use of ‘VIPERS’ in guided reading sessions and discrete comprehension sessions. At Woore we use the book banding system that starts following the successful completion of the Little Wandle programme. This is where books are colour coded according to their difficulty. Books are phonetically decodable and include a mixture of fiction and non-fiction.
Reading for Pleasure
Throughout school, reading is promoted in exciting and engaging ways. Each classroom has a calm and inviting space for reading, where children can access a range of high quality, carefully curated reading books. These areas are well used and enjoyed. We have recently added to our class libraries new, popular reading books which are displayed prominently within classrooms. Children also have access to a range of non-fiction books, through the Shropshire Library Service, which change each term in line with the topics covered. At the heart of our school, we also have a dedicated non-fiction library, which enables children to independently explore topics of their choice or support learning within class. We will shortly be training a team of children in their roles as librarians. All teachers share stories with their class every day, this has a dedicated space on the timetable. We believe, that listening to stories and poetry and having the chance to discuss them is vital to a child’s growing appreciation of literature in all its forms.
Across the year we inspire the love of reading through special events and theme days. We take part in National Storytelling Week, which has included a visit from a professional story teller, Jake Evans. We also access virtual story telling sessions through the Literacy Trust. On an annual basis we celebrate World Book Day and the children have the opportunity to dress up and take part in a range of activities and competitions.
We believe every child is a writer. Children are given the opportunity to write across a wide range of contexts, both fiction and non-fiction. For younger children, this is part of their everyday continuous provision, where they have the chance to mark make, form letters, form sentences and enjoy the writing experience. As children move through the school, they have an increased opportunity to explore a wider range of genres, which are often linked to our topics, to embed cross-curricular writing. High quality texts and stimuli are used to engaging and stimulate children’s imagination within their writing process. Handwriting starts in the Early Years and by the end of Year 2, children are expected to be writing using the cursive style and within KS2 there is an expectancy that children will maintain their handwriting, whilst writing at speed. Handwriting is taught via discrete lessons using the Letterjoin Handwriting Scheme from Reception onwards and is constantly monitored across the curriculum. You can find out more about it here: