Windy Arbor

Primary School


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Windy Arbor, are delighted to be working in partnership with

'Little Sutton English Hub' to improve outcomes for all children.


We have introduced the revised ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds’ which is a complete systematic, synthetic phonics programme in KS1 and this approach to reading continues throughout KS2, to ensure the children build upon their knowledge of ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds’ to become fluent readers.


Our reading approach draws on the latest research into how children learn best; how to ensure learning stays in children’s long term memory and how best to enable children to apply their learning to become highly competent readers.


Phonics begins in Nursery – Daily ‘phase 1’ activities are introduced to embed the foundations for phonics. This will ensure children are well prepared to begin grapheme–phoneme correspondence and blending at the start of Reception. Daily phonic sessions continue into Year 1 and the Autumn term in Year 2.As the children continue on their reading journey through years 4 to 6, the children have daily sessions that focus on their fluency, use of prosody and comprehension skills. 


Throughout this reading journey, progress is tracked and monitored closely to identify children who require ‘keep up’ sessions. These short sessions will be specific to individual needs and will take place throughout the school day across all year groups until they have a secure knowledge of phonic phases 1-5.


We aim to create a culture of reading for pleasure at Windy Arbor and the children have access to a variety of texts both in their classroom and in the many shared areas around school. They also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra curricular activities to celebrate their reading.