Gleadless Primary School

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Hollinsend Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S12 2EJ

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Gleadless Primary School

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Early Reading and Phonics

Early Reading and Phonics

At Gleadless Primary School, we believe that all children should become fluent readers and quickly learn the skills needed in order to foster a lifelong love of reading.

In September 2021, we adopted the Government approved Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme (SSP), Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. Little Wandle is a complete phonics programme developed for schools by schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised, to provide a complete teaching programme fitting all the expectations of the National Curriculum and preparing children to meet and go beyond the expectations of the Year One Phonics Screening Check. Click on this link to hear more about the Little Wandle Programme from the creators themselves.

Parents play a key role in supporting the development of children’s early language skills and fostering a love of reading, before and after children start formal schooling. All children benefit from having books read to them. When parents read to children, it helps build children’s vocabulary and expands conversations. You can start with short picture books like The Hungry Caterpillar and move onto longer picture books like Where the Wild Things Are or The Gruffalo. Our school reading diaries are designed to help you support your child with reading and related reading activities at home.

Very young children also learn important language skills during play. Board games, games like “I Spy,” singalongs and acting out stories all help build the language skills they need for learning to read. When parents interact and talk out loud with toddlers during play, it supports the child’s learning of sounds and words. More information about this can be found in our home/school reading diary.

Here is a link to the parents section of the Little Wandle website for more information about how to help your child with phonics and early reading at home.

Our Phonics and Early Reading Policy is attached below to provide further detail.