Woodthorpe Primary School

Welcome toWoodthorpe Primary School



At Woodthorpe, 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. At Woodthorpe, 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.



In Nursery, we provide a balance of child-led and adult-led experiences for all children that meet the curriculum expectations for ‘Communication and language’ and ‘Literacy’.


In Reception and Year 1, we teach phonics for 30 minutes a day. Children in Reception are taught to read and spell words using Phase 2 and 3 grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs), and words with adjacent consonants (Phase 4) with fluency and accuracy. Children in Year 1 review Phase 3 and 4 and are taught to read and spell words using Phase 5 GPCs with fluency and accuracy.


In Year 2, children continue to consolidate their phonics understanding, reviewing Phase 5 GPCs and in KS2 children requiring additional phonics support, receive ‘keep up sessions’ daily. ‘Keep up sessions’ match the structure of class teaching, and use the same procedures, resources and mantras, but in smaller steps with more repetition, so that every child secures their learning.


We teach children to read through reading practice sessions three times a week. These sessions use books matched to the children’s secure phonic knowledge. Each reading practice session has a clear focus: decoding, prosody and comprehension. Children continue to practise reading at home. Each child in Reception and KS1 takes home a decodable reading book to ensure their success is shared with the family.



Assessments are used to monitor progress and to identify any child needing additional support as soon as they need it. Assessment for learning is used daily within class to identify children needing keep-up support. Summative assessments are used every six weeks to assess progress, to identify gaps in learning that need to be addressed, to identify any children needing additional support and to plan the keep-up support that they need.


Children in Year 1 sit the Phonics Screening Check. Any child not passing the check re-sits it in Year 2. Children in Year 2 to 6 are assessed through their teacher’s ongoing formative assessment as well as through the half-termly Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised summative assessments.