Phonics and Early Reading


Information for Parents/Carers:


At Hudson Road Primary School, we know that you want to support your child with reading. There are several ways we can help you to do this:

  • Each year, we will run parent workshops to help explain how we teach reading and how you can help your child learn to read at home.

  • You can find information and videos on the Little Wandle website.


From September, we will send home a weekly overview of the learning your child has been doing in phonics.

Feel free to ask your child’s Class Teacher if you need any help or advice.


How do we teach Early Reading?


At Hudson Road Primary School we believe that all our children can become fluent readers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We chose Little Wandle due to its focus on developing a love of reading and the emphasis on a determination that every child can learn to read.


In Early Years and KS1, we deliver daily phonics sessions following a clear sequence which allows children to build their phonic knowledge and strategies for tackling unfamiliar words as they move through school. Four new phonemes and their corresponding graphemes are taught (GPCs) each week and they are then reviewed in the final lesson of the week. Children also learn tricky words during these sessions.


Children also take part in regular reading practice sessions, developing their decoding, fluency, prosody and comprehension. The children read appropriately matched, fully decodable books in these sessions then access these at home using the ebooks system.


How do we assess Early Reading?


Half termly assessments take place to help inform future teaching and identify children who may have gaps in their phonic knowledge and need additional practice. Daily assessment of learning also takes place within the classroom so that our staff can quickly identify any children who are in danger of falling behind and provide the appropriate daily ‘Keep Up’ intervention.


For more information on how we teach phonics and early reading please view our Phonics on a Page document.