Phonics and Reading


At Shamblehurst Primary School, early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach to reading. The school follows the government published programme Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised which supports us in providing a multi-sensory approach to learning phonics. We use cued articulation to support children in articulation of sounds.

Pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds all through the word for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but are also taught high frequency words which do not completely follow the phonic rules.

Reading Schemes

At Shamblehurt Primary School, we have continually updated our reading books to ensure that they are engaging for all children. We have ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds revised’ decodable books that match children’s phonic ability so that they can practise reading with the sounds that they know. Therefore, children can practise the skill of reading leading to an enjoyable, positive experience.

We have a range of phonetically decodable books in EYs and KS1 to support the children’s phonic ability and interests. Throughout a child’s early reading experience, we ensure that they are able to take home familiar books helping them to enjoy reading from an early age.


Reading for Pleasure

At Shamblehurst Primary School, we have developed a reading challenge. These books are bespoke to our school and are based on new authors as well as more traditional books. Children can earn bronze, silver and gold reading badges across the year.

We have invested in a book vending machine, which remains full of new and exciting books that the children can earn once they have completed their gold challenge badge.

We are currently working on developing an outside library which will enable our children to access books during lunchtimes.