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Sandlings' Approach to Reading and Phonics

The ability to read is fundamental to pupils’ learning across the curriculum, their ability to be independent and their future life choices.


  • Our aim is for our pupils to be successful readers by  developing:

    • Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
    • Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
    • Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
    • An excellent comprehension of texts.
    • The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
    • Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts

Oxford Reading Tree books are our core scheme for guided reading in Key Stage 1 and  the Letter and Sounds scheme is used for the teaching of phonics. 

At Sandlings all pupils:

  • visit the school library every fortnight  to choose a new non- fiction  book.
  • Have daily guided reading sessionsas a group or whole class.
  • receive a reading record which forms a link between home and school
  • have access to a range of high quality texts through the banded reading scheme, to read both in school and at home
  • have  regular opportunities to read with parents in school

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