Reading and phonics

The intent of our reading curriculum

At Cringleford Primary School we believe that all children can become fluent readers and writers.

We want children to love books. We passionately believe that children should be reading widely, often, for pleasure and for information.

We acknowledge, in accordance with National Curriculum (2014) that developing the use of a range of strategies helps to develop successful readers. We teach word level strategies involving phonics (sounds and spelling) alongside contextualisation skills and context, graphic and grammatical knowledge and comprehension.

We work hard to give children access to a wide, rich and diverse range of literature including narrative fiction, poetry, non-fiction, comics, journalism and essays.

Teachers read to their children every single day and children are given opportunities to develop their love of reading through initiatives such as reading week, reading challenges, author visits and reading buddies.

We are determined that every child learns to read fluently and confidently by the time they leave primary school. We monitor children’s progress in reading carefully to make sure that no child is left behind and further, targeted support is put in place where required.

Because we believe teaching every child to read is so important, we have an English Subject Leader who has responsibility for how reading is taught across the school and an Early Reading Leader who drives the early reading programme in our school. These leaders are highly skilled at teaching phonics and reading and support the rest of the school in delivering a high quality reading provision for all children.

We teach early reading (phonics) through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in 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. All teachers teach with fidelity to the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme.

For more information, including detail about our implementation of reading and how we measure the impact of our teaching, please see our English policy.