The Teaching of Phonics at Perryfields
PHONICS – ‘LITTLE WANDLE’ PHONICS
At Perryfields we use Little Wandle’s Revised Letters and Sounds Phonics Scheme throughout EYFS, including in Preschool and up to and including Year 2. In addition to which, pupils who are not yet confident in their knowledge and use of phonics are also targeted throughout Key Stage 2. Phonics is taught at least daily with additional opportunities for pupils needing extra support.
At Perryfields, we strive to ensure that all children learn to read and therefore are able to access the curriculum whilst finding their own love of reading. All pupils at Perryfields are read with on a regular basis and we believe that sharing a book is an invaluable experience. Daily Phonics sessions underpin early reading development from Reception onwards. To support this the pupils have access to phonetically decodable reading books in order to apply and practise their newly acquired skills.
In addition to this, pupil have access to a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction materials. At Perryfields we use a variety of resources to support reading. Children are listened to on a regularly through a VIPERS (guided reading) group with a teacher or teaching assistant. Children who struggle with reading are listened to individually with an adult. In Early Years and Key Stage 1 children participate in three reading practice group sessions per week. In Key Stage 2 children continue to work through the different reading stages until they are fluent enough and, most importantly, have sufficient understanding of texts before moving on to chapter books. As well as individually, children read in reading, there is a higher emphasis on independent reading. Weekly guided reading and discrete comprehension sessions help children develop strategies to explore texts and respond to a variety of questions. Parents are encouraged to become involved in the development of their child’s reading by sharing books with and reading to their child/ren. Research shows that this has a huge impact in a childs reading progress. Your child will bring home a variety of books to read and share with other family members. This valuable link between home and school can help enormously and be rewarding for the parent or carer as well as for the child.
Five Plagues of the Developing Reader
We believe reading is one of the key components that gives pupils an essential knowledge to becoming a more rounded educated citizen. At Perryfields Primary School we use the ‘Five Plagues of the Developing Reader’ to expand pupils’ knowledge and understanding.
To understand more about the five plagues of developing the reader, please click on the link below.