Phonics, Spelling and Literacy
At Marpool, we use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds scheme. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills to children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
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Resources to support phonics
Videos to help support phonics
Online learning links
You may also find the following website links useful when supporting phonics learning and reading at home. Please contact your teacher should you need a reminder of the login details.
As a school we follow the Rising Stars spelling programme. Each week we practise spellings and start with a pre-test (to see what the children know) and follow-up with a spelling test the next week (to see the progress they have made).
In school we use a range of spelling strategies to help children learn in a variety of ways. Take a look at the spelling strategies document to see how you can help your child practise their spellings at home.
At Marpool, we use the Accelerated Reader (or AR for short) reading scheme for children in Year 2 and upwards.
Children borrow a book from the school library within their reading range. Once they have read the book, they then complete a short online quiz. At the end of the quiz, they get a percentage score and can see how many points they have gained towards their target. Each book is worth a number of points. Each child has a target score to reach by the end of each term. This is displayed in every class on a class sunflower chart. Targets are personalised to each child.
As a school we will track your child’s reading and log their reading experiences in their reading record. Every time you read with your child or your child reads at home we’d like you to make a comment and sign their reading record.
When your child has read three times a week for a whole half term, they will receive a special reading badge. They will also be entered into a raffle to win a book voucher.
Do I have to listen to my child read out loud to me?
Yes, you are looking to develop a love of reading! Make the time a special one, don’t rush. It is better to enjoy a few pages together than race to the end book.
No, not always. However it is important that if children are reading to themselves, they are able to tell you about what they have read.
Reading regularly has many benefits:
- children get better at reading
- it exercises the brain
- it improves concentration
- reading teaches children about the world around them
- it improves vocabulary and language skills
- reading develops a child’s imagination
- it helps to develop empathy
- it is a great way to spend time together
- children who read achieve better at school
- children who read at home make accelerated progress at school
- it is fun