Reading At Home
Early Reading at Pipworth
At Pipworth, we believe that reading is the gateway to learning across the curriculum and for the future of our pupils. We believe that all our children can become confident readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised phonics programme.
We start teaching phonics in Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression through to Year 1. Nursery pupils will experience Foundations for Phonics, through rhymes, games, stories and songs. The progression documents on our website show what is taught and when it is taught in the year.
Each phonics lesson follows the same pattern. At the start of each lesson, children read sounds and words they have already been taught to help them remember previous learning and ways we teach them how to read them. We also teach them Tricky Words, words that cannot be read using their phonics learning such as was and we. Your child will learn a new sound or be taught ways to read new words four times a week, with a Review Session on the fifth day to recap what they have been taught. They then learn how to read words using their new learning along with a new Tricky Word. Finally they will get to use their new learning through reading and writing words and sentences.
In addition to this your child will have at least three reads each week with an adult. We understand that children need other skills to read confidently and well so these sessions are made up of a decoding session (using phonics they know); a comprehension session (understanding what they have read) and a prosody session (using their voice to read). The same book is read for each session and then added to their E-book account. Books are fully decodable (children can use the phonics they know) and chosen carefully. We also have Reading for Pleasure sessions throughout the week for children to enjoy a range of books.
Catch Up Sessions
If your child has any gaps in their learning, we put into place Catch Up sessions. These can be in a small group or on their own. They are assessed on a regular basis to make sure we are getting it right.
Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised has lots of resources available to help you support your child at home. There are videos to help you on the website along with lots of information.
Click on the link to visit Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.
Reading with your child for just 5-10 minutes every day can have a massive impact on their learning. They don't have to read a book - it can be a comic, a magazine, a newspaper or an internet page.
Pipworth children are given Reading Records which they can take home every day. It helps us keep track of how much reading the children are doing at home with a family member or carer. If you are unsure about how to use them, please ask your child's teacher and they will help you.
If you would like some tips on how to get the most out of reading with your children, check out the link and videos below.
How to Read Out Loud with Babies/Toddlers
How to Read Out Loud with Pre-School/Nursery/FS Children
How to Read Out Loud with Young Children (e.g. Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4)
How to Read Out Loud with Older Children (e.g. Y5, Y6)