Ladypool Primary School

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Reading and Phonics at Ladypool

In EYFS and KS1, we believe it is essential that children learn to use their phonic knowledge automatically in their reading (and writing), develop positive attitudes to reading and read for meaning and enjoyment.

Overview of provision

Reception and Year 1

Year 2

Years 3 – 6

●       Daily 30 min phonics

●        Daily 30 min reading

●        Daily 15 min story time

●        Daily ‘keep up’ intervention

●        Daily catch-up intervention



●        Daily 30 min phonics

●        Daily 30 min reading

●        Daily ‘keep up’ intervention 

●        Daily ‘catch-up’ intervention




●      Daily 40 minute reading lesson

●      Daily 15 minute story time






Phonics - Little Wandle Letters and Sounds

At Ladypool 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 phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Nursery/Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Progression, 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. We also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of 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.

Reading in EYFS and Year 1 

Carousel-style guided reading sessions take place  in EYFS and Year 1. Children are grouped in accordance with their reading ability and  each child is listened to 3 x weekly with a clear focus on decoding, prosody and comprehension. The same book is then also sent home each week to ensure children are practicing regularly both in and out of school.

Reading in Years 3 - 6

Children in Year 2 -6 will be taught in whole class groups. Teachers will pick high quality extracts that are linked closely to their writing units.                        Each extract will be studied over the course of the week.


High quality, age- appropriate extract shared with children. Read aloud by the class teacher to model intonation and expression.

The emphasis in the first lesson is for the children to be able to communicate their understanding orally. 


Recap of the text and focus to be on new, tier 2 vocabulary.


Specific teaching of a reading domain. The school’s reading curriculum map is to be followed.


Further targeted questions / activities based on the domain being studied or mixed comprehension questions based on the text.


Reading for Pleasure

Authors of the Month: 23/24



EYFS and KS1



Oliver Jeffers

Emma Carroll


Anthony Browne


Ibtihaj Muhammad

Malorie Blackman


Humza Arshad

Onjali Q Rauf


Dapo Adeola


Shirley Hughes

Zanib Mian


Eric Carle

Katherine Rundell


Janet and Allen Ahlberg

Serena Patel


Benjamin Zephaniah


Vashti Harrison

Nizrana Farooq


Alex. T . Smith