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



Year 1 and Year 2

Years 3 – 6


    • Daily 30 min phonics 
    • Daily 30 min reading practise
    • Daily 15 min story time
    • Daily ‘keep up’ intervention.
    • Daily catch-up interventions
    • Daily 30 min phonics
    • Daily 30 min reading practise
    • Daily ‘keep up’ intervention
    • Daily ‘catch-up’ intervention.
  • 45-minute Reading Practise
  • 15 minute class reader  x 2 weekly
  • Daily 15 minute story time 
  • 30 min  Independent reading/ reading for pleasure 



Phonics - Little Wandle Letters and Sounds 

At Ladypool, 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 Revised 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 Practise in KS1

Carousel-style guided reading sessions take place  in EYFS and KS1. 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 Practise in KS2

Children in Year 3 -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 two days:


Day 1  

  • Shared Reading.

Teacher reads to the class, modelling expression and inference. Children are given a copy of the text each that they will follow using a ruler.


  • Direct Vocabulary Instruction

Tier 2 words from the text will be taught using the 6-step technique:

  1. Teach in context.
  2. Define.
  3. Practise aloud.
  4. Teacher to broaden the context.
  5. Pupils interact with the word.
  6. Reinforce /consolidate.


By the end of the Day 1, children should be able to summarise and retell the text to each other and discuss the key vocabulary.


Day 2 : Comprehension 


Children read the same text independently and answer comprehension questions. The questions must include:

  • Vocab questions. Find and copy/Which word tells you …
  • Retrieval questions
  • Inference questions
  • Prediction questions


Class teachers work with lower ability children using books from Project X or fully decodable books, depending on their reading ability. Reading together with opportunities to answer  comprehension questions independently. 


Every Friday : Reading for pleasure and 1:1 reads. 



Authors of the month.





September Roald Dahl Roald Dahl
October Julia Donaldson Malorie Blackman
November Oliver Jeffers Micheal Morpurgo
December Anthony Browne Anne Fine
January Michael Rosen Michael Rosen
February David Mckee David Walliams
March Eric Carle Anthony Browne
April Mo Willems Enid Blyton
May Colin McNaughton Phillip Pullman
June Jill Murphy Jamila Gavin
July D. King Smith D. King Smith