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Phonics

Our Nursery pupils receive a daily 10 minute phonics session and work through Phase 1 sounds when the children are ready to do so (usually in the summer term prior to starting school). Within Phase 1, pupils focus on listening skills, segmenting and blending in preparation for reading letters and learning letter sounds within Phase 2 when they start school in reception.

Within Reception and Year 1 children access a focussed daily programme of phonics.  Lessons are led by both teachers and teaching assistants.

Due to high quality teaching, children in Year 2 generally need less of a focus and receive a balance of phonics and guided reading across the week. Children then have a greater opportunity to put their reading skills into practice. However, if pupils need additional support the children are able to receive this on a daily basis either as an intervention or within a small group.

The DfE has stated that phonics teaching needs to be delivered through a validated scheme unless a robust programme is delivered consistently across the school with proven evidence of good outcomes for pupils. We have just bought into the Little Wandle scheme https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/ Little Wandle provides a complete, systematic synthetic phonics programme and uses high quality learning resources. We have now purchased six full sets of reading books to match the scheme, all of which are phonetically decodable. Existing books have been audited to use alongside the scheme, one as an additional decodable book and another book as a 'sharing book'. All teachers and most teaching assistants have now received the training for Little Wandle Letters and Sounds.  

Reading

Here at Woore, we consider ourselves to be a reading school. Early readers are supported through high quality phonics lessons which teach individual sounds, segmenting and blending. This is taught daily to embed the sounds, to ensure children have the foundations to become confident readers. As children enter KS2, there is an increased emphasis on reading comprehension skills. This is taught through the use of ‘VIPERS’ in guided reading sessions and discrete comprehension sessions.   At Woore we use the book banding system that starts following the successful completion of the Little Wandle programme.  This is where books are colour coded according to their difficulty. Books are phonetically decodable and include a mixture of fiction and non-fiction.

Reading for Pleasure

Throughout school, reading is promoted in exciting and engaging ways. Each classroom has a calm and inviting space for reading, where children can access a range of high quality, carefully curated reading books. We have recently added to our class libraries new, popular reading books which are displayed prominently within classrooms. Children also have access to a range of non-fiction books, through the Shropshire Library Service, which change each term in line with the topics covered. At the heart of our school, we also have a dedicated non-fiction library, which enables children to independently explore topics of their choice or support learning within class. We will shortly be training a team of children in their roles as librarians. All teachers share stories with their class. We believe, that listening to stories and poetry and having the chance to discuss them is vital to a child’s growing appreciation of literature in all its forms.

Writing

We believe every child is a writer. Children are given the opportunity to write across a wide range of contexts, both fiction and non-fiction. For younger children, this is part of their everyday continuous provision, where they have the chance to mark make, form letters, form sentences and enjoy the writing experience. As children move through the school, they have an increased opportunity to explore a wider range of genres, which are often linked to our topics, to embed cross-curricular writing. High quality texts and stimuli are used to engaging and stimulate children’s imagination within their writing process. Handwriting starts in the Early Years and by the end of Year 2, children are expected to be writing using the cursive style and within KS2 there is an expectancy that children will maintain their handwriting, whilst writing at speed. Handwriting is taught via discrete lessons using the Spectrum Handwriting Scheme from Year 2 onwards and is constantly monitored across the curriculum.

 

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Woore Primary & Nursery School

London Road, Woore, Cheshire CW3 9SQ

Mrs M Ward (Headteacher), Marni Shapiro-Day/Rachel James (Administrators)

Mrs L Underwood (SEN), SEN Email: admin@woore.shropshire.sch.uk