At Malmesbury CE Primary School, we believe that for children to become fluent readers and writers, phonics should be taught through a systematic and structured phonics programme. In September this year, we embarked on our new adventure with Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised as our chosen scheme for early reading.
Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised provides us the planning so we can deliver daily engaging phonics lessons. The daily lessons all follow the same sequence with a revisit and review of previously taught Grapheme Phoneme Correspondances (GPCs), words and tricky words. This follows into the teaching of the new GPC, oral blending, new words and tricky words. Any new words the children are taught, they will be given the meaning of these words. The lesson ends with a practise and apply section where they will read or write a sentence and complete some spelling words. This will give our children the confidence to be able to tackle any unfamiliar words that they might discover.
Reading practice book
This book will be carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. Your child will bring this home on Friday so you can enjoy listening to your child over the weekend. Your child will probably read it requiring only a little help or no help. Please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. When listening to them read the book, remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! They would have had three opportunities to read this book throughout the week at school. If they do come across a challenging word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
We want our children to become lifelong readers so we visit the school library once a week, where they have an opportunity to choose a book that they would like to read. It is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together; your child isn’t expected to read this book alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, and explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!
Reading for Pleasure
We want the joy of reading to grow beyond the lessons as the enjoyment of books and stories should be shared throughout their day at school.
At Malmesbury CE Primary School, we timetable story time for the children so they can experience the joy and pleasure of reading. This allows children’s minds to escape to different places, even down a rabbit hole to meet new characters that are relatable, or learn about a culture that is different to their own. It’s an opportunity to learn new vocabulary that can be magpied (used) in their writing and learn about emotions and empathy that can be used in their daily lives.
Our aim is for ALL children to be encouraged to ‘Read for Pleasure’ and become a frequent reader that chooses to read. There are various studies that show a link between reading for pleasure and higher academic achievement.
The following links have been uploaded from the website www.booksfortopics.com to give you book recommendations. The website has more information and recommendations for reading and especially about ‘Reading for Pleasure’.
The QR codes and links in the document lead to story readings on YouTube and all of the books we’ve chosen are read aloud by their fabulous authors and illustrators.