Reading & Phonics
At Bosham Primary School, 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 early reading and phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, system 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. At Bosham Primary School, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside 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 Bosham Primary School, 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.
Because we believe teaching every child to read is so important, our English leader drives the early reading programme in our school. They monitor and support our reading team, so everyone teaches with fidelity to the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme.
Please click on the links below to find out more about how we teach phonics and how you can support your child at home with their reading development.
The resources on this page will help you support your child by saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos: you can see how children are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home.
The school uses the Jane Considine 'Hooked on Books' approach to reading and spelling. Reading is crucial to children's development and potential for success in life. Research shows that children who read books often at age 10 and continue to read through adolescence, gain higher results in maths, vocabulary and spelling tests at age 16 than those who read less regularly.
Nothing is more important in education than ensuring that every child can read well. Pupils who can read are overwhelmingly more likely to succeed at school, achieve good qualifications, and subsequently enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding career.
Key aspects of the 'Hooked On Books' system include:
- Book Talk - a whole class comprehension and a targeted group approach, ensuring all individuals are accountable.
- The Reading Rainbow - a fully comprehensive approach that targets reading competencies, covers the National Curriculum and develops understanding.
- Demonstration Reading - the art of modelling the internal thinking of a reader. This is to demonstrate how a reader thinks during the process of ‘reading for meaning.
- Demonstration Comprehension - clear, out loud thinking by the teacher whilst modelling answers to questions and showcasing 'thesaurus thinking' to ensure the most precise words are used.