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Phonics and Early Reading

WHAT are we aiming for?

Reading is the gift that keeps on giving. Here at Forsbrook CE Primary School we want our children to develop a love of reading from a very young age.

To achieve this children are:

  • engaging in story times several times throughout a day, listening to a broad range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and rhymes
  • encouraged to read at least four times a week at home and reading is celebrated regularly at school
  • listening to a range of storytellers… teacher, teaching assistant, older child or family member as a Mystery Reader


HOW do we achieve this?
  • phonics is taught from the second week of Reception class
  • children learn phonics through a systematic and synthetic phonics programme Little Wandle Letters and Sounds
  • children engage in phonics learning throughout each day alongside specific phonics lessons
  • children read phonics appropriate books where they can develop their fluency, expression and comprehension skills

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds

Click the play button to learn more about Little Wandle Letters and Sounds:

Nursery Rhymes – The Key to Developing Children’s Early Language Skills

Listening to, understanding and singing nursery rhymes is an important part of a young child’s development. It engages their listening, focus and attention and develops their oral skills. Developing communication skills at an early age is vital to a child’s reading success.

Please click on the following link to visit the BBC Teach’s Nursery Rhymes and Songs A to Z:

Nursery Rhymes and Songs – A to Z

Nursery Rhymes. Animated versions of BBC nursery rhymes for children with lyrics. 100+ videos. The Animal Fair…to…Humpty Dumpty…to Wind the bobbin up!

Nursery Rhymes

Reading Celebrations

Every year we celebrate World Book Day which creates a wonderful buzz around school. Children and staff enjoy dressing up as their favourite book character and sharing their special story with one another.

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