EYFS & KS1
Our school follows the Little Wandle Letters and Sound Revised approach to Phonics. The approach caters for all learning styles (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic). All teachers and teaching assistants have accessed online CPD training modules which has been monitored by the English lead.
Little Wandle is a whole class phonics programme that supports the phonetic needs of all our learners. This is a systematic and consistent approach which is taught between 15 and 30 minutes every day; this is dependent on the age and stage of the children being taught. The children are taught new sounds, key phrases and terminology. These are then used to support reading and writing during reading practice and writing sessions.
Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme progression is as follows:
EYFS & KS1
In Nursery, the children are exposed to a range of wordless Big Books in order to develop a love of books. During short book sharing sessions, the children are shown how to turn pages, and, when introduced to words, are taught the convention of reading from left to right.
Reading in EYFS and KS1 is taught in line with the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme through Reading Practice sessions. All children should read in small groups (no more than 6 children) with an adult 3 times a week. Children read the same appropriately-pitched, phonetically decodable reading book in all 3 sessions.
Reading Practice sessions follow the same order every week:
The first reading practice session focuses on decoding the text, with the children concentrating on applying their phonic knowledge and developing fluency when reading the words.
ProsodyThe second reading session provides the opportunity to read the book again and practise reading with prosody so the children develop reading with appropriate meaning, stress and intonation. It provides an opportunity to explore characters’ feelings, what words mean and how punctuation adds to the meaning.
The purpose of the reading practice session for comprehension is to develop the children’s comprehension skills by using the reading content domains (2015 Key Stage 1: English reading test framework).• Draw on their knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts. • Identify/explain key aspects of fiction and non-fiction texts. • Identify and explain the sequence of events in the text. • Inference and deduction. • Prediction
Every Reading Practice session follows the same structure using a given template and prompt cards:
Revisit and review
Practise and apply
After session 3 (comprehension), children are expected to take the same reading book home to celebrate their reading progress with parents.
When children are secure on Little Wandle phonics, they will be assessed using PM Benchmark materials. PM Benchmarking states that an expected Year 2 child should be reading book levels 17-22. Therefore, we will begin assessing children using a Level 17 assessment and they will move through the levels at the appropriate pace.
Key Stage 2 classes follow the Local Authority ‘Reading Project’. It consists of at least 1 shared reading lesson every 2 weeks followed by guided reading groups that follow a 2-weekly cycle. Resources for the KS2 Reading Project such as planning templates, sentence stems and big question prompts can be found on SharePoint.
Shared Reading – core principles
• Whole class teaching of an aspect of reading
• Clear objective for the session
• Modelling the thinking processes of a good comprehender at the point of reading
• Using rich and challenging text
Guided Reading – core principles
• Appropriate, instructional level text
• Ability groups
• Teacher works with a different group in turn – teacher-led
• Clear reiteration of taught focus for the week or an amended focus to suit the needs of the group
• Children apply the strategy they have been learning, reading independently with teacher ‘listening in’ (NOT ‘round robin’)
• Children talk about their reading with each other and especially about how well they are applying the teaching focus
Children in Key Stage 2 have access to a small lending library. During the academic year 2022-2023, a library will be developed for EYFS and KS1.
Every class has a timetabled weekly slot to visit the library where they will borrow a reading for pleasure book or a text to share at home.
Each week, adults will support children to scan their chosen book in and out on a laptop using the Library software, Libresoft.
In addition, class teachers may wish to use their library slot to:
Read a story to the class or a group of children
Explore different books & make recommendations
Write book reviews & suggestions
Learn about new authors
All children will have a reading book to bring home in addition to a reading for pleasure/sharing book. In EYFS and KS1, this will be a Little Wandle phonetically decodable book. In KS2, this will be a book based on PM Benchmark levels. Children in KS2 are heard individually as appropriate to their stage of learning.
All children at Barley Croft should be read to as a whole class at least 4 times a week. In Key Stage 2, this is in the form of a class novel which can also be used to teach shared reading.
Every classroom will have a designated area for reading. This may include a bookshelf, book baskets or boxes with well-selected texts. Some of the books should be front-facing. Each classroom will have a reading display to share the class reading journey throughout the year. This could include reading skills, pictures of book covers, titles, reviews and/or QR codes where appropriate.