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Early Reading

At Belthorn Academy 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 our Pre School 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. At Belthorn Academy Primary School, 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.

A love for reading

  • Children’s progression in Phonics is directly related to their reading ability. The Little Wandle programme has a thorough and consistent approach which interlinks both of these skills. The aim is for all children to be working alongside their peers with a similar, secure phonic knowledge. The children are taught phonemes (the letter sounds) and the introduction of new formation phrases. The children are continuously being assessed. They are taught overt blending, but fluent blending in their heads is the ultimate goal.

    Mrs Sutcliff

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Belthorn Academy Primary School
Belthorn Road
Nr Blackburn

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