As a school, early reading is at the heart of everything we do.
From the minute a child enters our school, we give them every opportunity we possibly can to ensure they have the gateway to becoming a reader.
Our Little Wandle phonics programme is taught rigorously and daily for all pupils in Early Years and Year 1 and continues throughout school for any pupils who require this to ensure they can read when they are ready.
Alongside the daily Little Wandle phonics sessions, every child in Early Years and in KS1 takes part in a Little Wandle guided reading session. This follows a structured approach to maximise the success of children developing secure reading skills.
The children then take home the book they have read in class to continue to work on their reading success at home. We work closely alongside parents to ensure a consistent approach.
Children throughout school take part in whole class focused reading session and some children will continue to work in a small group with a teacher or teaching assistant to develop reading fluency and comprehension skills in guided reading sessions. Challenging and stimulating texts are carefully chosen by our teachers.
Our children also look forward to finishing their school day with 'story time' to encourage the love of reading. The children love this end to the day; there is nothing better than a good 'cliff-hanger' to finish on.
We are also very proud of our Bring Back Bedtime Stories campaign which was born at South Parade and praised by authors such as Michael Rosen and Jane Hissey who we have close links with as a school. We now have more children enjoying quality time on an evening with parents and carers, reading their favourite stories together.