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We love reading at Windmill Primary School! Children are immersed in reading right from their first day at school. We read every day in many ways using phonics lessons and activities, individual reading, library trips, signs, sight reading, flashcards, stories, guided reading, labels and captions.

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We use phonics to teach reading from Reception and follow the Letters and Sounds programme to do this. The Letters and Sounds phases are;

Phase 1 – Nursery/Pre-School/Reception

Phase 2 – Reception

Phase 3 – Reception

Phase 4 – Reception/Year 1

Phase 5 – Year 1

Phase 6 – Year 2

Please see the attached documents for further information on the Letters and Sound programme. This link is also very useful

In Reception, phonics is taught daily through a variety of activities such as sound sorting, flashcards, games, word hunts and reading and writing.

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In Key Stage One, phonics is taught using structured sessions that follow a format of revisiting and reviewing learnt sounds, teaching new sounds, practising and applying new sounds.

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Children take part in Guided Reading where they read in small groups with an adult. The children use and apply their phonic knowledge and sight vocabulary to read a book together and use their comprehension skills to ask and answer questions, deduce what may be happening, understand inference and discuss the book in depth.

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In Key Stage Two, children use the phonic knowledge they have acquired in Key Stage One daily in all elements of their reading and writing. Reading takes place for all children during the week through Guided Reading, reading key texts for English learning, reading their own and others writing and individual reading.

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Our reading books in school are phonic based and matched closely to the stage your child is currently working within. For example, if they are working within Phase 5, their books will contain words using digraphs such as ‘ay’ or split digraphs such as ‘a_e’ or ‘o_e. We use a variety of reading schemes to ensure our children have access to a wide range of texts such as poetry, fact books, diaries and narratives. Children’s reading is assessed in school using the ‘PM Benchmarking’ scheme. When your child’s class teacher feels they are ready to move on in their reading, an assessment will be carried out to see if they are able to read words accurately, understand the text and discuss what they have read.

If your child is finding reading difficult, additional support will be given. This may be in the form of additional reading time in school, extra phonic sessions or small group work around reading and/or phonics. There are also many things you can do at home to support your child with their reading. Please see some of the links and ideas on this webpage or speak to your child’s class teacher for further ideas.

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We have high expectations for our children’s reading at Windmill Primary School and aim for them to become reading ‘masters’. We adopt a mastery approach to reading which means that we believe all of our children can and will read, should experience and enjoy reading and are able to think critically and apply their knowledge in a wide range of contexts or to a wide range of genres. Please find below some ideas for working towards becoming a ‘reading master’ with your child at home.

  • Ask your child to make predictions about the text they have read. What do they think might happen the characters? Why? Is it similar to story they have read before?
  • Ask your child to present a book to you and your family. Can they review the book? Present what it’s about? Talk about preferences? Recommend similar books?
  • Ask your child questions based on what they have read. Why do you think that happened? How do you think this character feels? What could he/she do?
  • Ask your child to help you look up new words in a dictionary. Can they find the word using a dictionary? Can they read the definition? Can they use the word in another sentence to show their understanding?

You may find these documents useful:

Letters and Sounds Overview for Parents/Carers

Phonic Session Guidance


           If you read, your child is likely to read.

            Happy Reading!

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