Phonics & Early Reading

At Gordonbrock, 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.

Further to this, we 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 Gordonbrock, 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.

Children will be assigned reading books using the Collins Big Cat ebook library.¬† You can access your child’s phonetically-decodable book by clicking on the Collins Big Cat ebook Libary logo¬†(on left of the screen).

If you have misplaced your child’s login, please contact the school office.

The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home. A full overview of the programme for Reception and Year 1 is available via the link below.

Want to learn more about how we teach phonics?

For more information on how we teach phonics, visit Little Wandle’s For Parents page.

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