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At St Francis CE Primary School, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme.
We start teaching phonics in Nursery/Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read.
At St Francis CE Primary School, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.
Phonics is taught daily by the class teacher and teaching assistants with top-up sessions provided for those children requiring additional support. All staff delivering phonics sessions are fully trained and receive regular refreshers to ensure consistency and quality of provision.
Supporting your child
To support your child at home, reading with and to them regularly is vital. In addition, there are a wealth of games and resources online which can be used to support their learning. The links below include a fantastic range of games that can be used to support phonic knowledge and more.