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At St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is key for academic success and ensure we have a holistic approach to the teaching of reading. We encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.

Phonics at St Peter's

Little Wandle

At St Peter's we follow the Government accredited scheme Little Wandle. Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum, the Ofsted Deep Dive into reading and preparing your children to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check. In addition to the daily phonics lessons, each child in EYFS and Year 1 (as well as children in Year 2 who did not achieve their phonics screenign check) take part in three reading practise sessions per week. In these sessions decoding, fluency and comprehension are all focussed on, as well as encouraging a love of reading. To find out more about the three reading practise sessions, visit the 'Reading' page of our website.

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Little Wandle Key Documents

Click on the documents and videos below to find out about the Little Wandle scheme and how you can support your child with their Phonics learning.

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Home Learning

If due to covid your child is self isolating, their class teacher will direct you to the appropriate home learning videos found by clicking the image below.


Phonics Screening Check

The children in Year 1 complete a Phonics Screening Check every year. This enables the teacher to see if they have any gaps in their knowledge. The Phonics Screening Check is made up of nonsense and real words and is to test how well the children can read using their sound blends. Please see below for an example of the Phonics Screening Check. Any children who do not pass this test at the end of Year 1 will complete another Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 2, this will happen each year until the child achieves a pass rate mark.

Pre-cursive writing

Alongside the teaching of phonics, we also teach correct letter formation in pre-cursive. Please see below for instructions and examples of this.

Key Stage 1 Useful Websites

Please use the website links below to help support your child with their learning of phonics.

Phonics BloomPhonics Play(2)Classroom Secrets Kids(6)
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