Phonics and Reading

Subject Lead: Mrs H McClure 

Reading Progression of Skills 2022-23

Updated: 26/02/2023 149 KB

At Seaton Academy, 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 of our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At Seaton Academy, 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.

At Seaton Academy, we value reading as a crucial life skill. By the time children leave us, they read confidently for meaning, and regularly enjoy reading for pleasure. Our readers are equipped with the tools to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary. We encourage our children to see themselves as readers for both pleasure and purpose. We hold the belief that children should ‘Learn to read, so they can read to learn’.

Because we believe teaching every child to read is so important, we have a Literacy/Reading Leader (Mrs McClure) who drives the early reading programme in our school. This person is highly skilled at teaching phonics and reading, and they monitor and support our reading team, so everyone teaches with fidelity to the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme.

Reading Policy 2023

Updated: 21/06/2023 302 KB

Phonics: Little Wandle Documents

Updated: 09/01/2023 546 KB

Parent Information: 

For futher information and resources:

Accelerated Reader Presentation to Parents/Carers 12/01/23