We strive to ensure that every child at Waterloo Primary Academy not only becomes a fluent reader, but develops a love for reading that will last a whole lifetime. Learning to read is a vital skill. We will start teaching your child to read from ‘day 1’, whether that is in or Nursery or Reception.
We can’t stress enough how important it is that you also read with your child, and you expose your child to a variety of books and reading material.
We will teach your child to read using a system called ‘synthetic phonics’. In order to do this most effectively, we follow HM Government’s scheme, ‘Letters & Sounds’. Letters and sounds teaches the children about the different letters and the sounds they make. We teach phonics discretely every single day, this is our pledge to you. Children are grouped according to their need and will keep learning phonics until Phase 6. Children are assessed on their knowledge and understanding in phonics during the summer of Y1. This ‘check’ is set by the Department for Education (DfE). Any children who didn’t meet the required standard at the end of Y1 are then required to sit a ‘re-check’ in Y2.
We have recently invested in a whole new set of reading books to complement our existing stock. The main reason for doing this is to ensure that our books and our reading curriculum are synchronised. So for example, children learning Phase 3 phonics will be exposed to books which contain Phase 3 letters and the sounds they make.
This has been a huge task. Miss Coupe, Head of English for EYFS & KS1 has made a short video which explains the main changes. We are really confident that the children are going to love their new books. Within the video there are some hints and tips for reading with your child at home.
If you have any questions about the books your child is reading or about reading in general, please speak to your class teacher, or arrange a telephone call with Miss Coupe via the school office (please note, Miss Coupe doesn’t work on Tuesdays).
NB: Usually in the autumn term, we would hold our very popular ‘reading with your child’ workshop, but we’re unable to offer this at the moment. If you have any questions about phonics or reading, we’re very happy to help.