Claremont Primary and Nursery School

A Brighter Future for Everyone

Phonics and reading


Claremont Primary and Nursery School teach phonics using the Little Wandle for Letters and Sounds approach to deliver whole class phonics lessons from Nursery to Year 2.


Each lesson follows the four-part lesson structure: Revisit, Teach, Practise and Apply. Every intervention lesson also follows this structure. 



This part of the lesson comes at the beginning of the lesson. It involves recapping previous sounds taught using sound cards. The teacher speeds through the cards, scanning around the room to ensure all children are participating and are engaged. 



Within this part of the lesson, the new sound is introduced along with the grapheme representation of it. Children will say the sound, hear it, see it and explore it. They also read the sound and  write it. 



This part of the lesson provides children the opportunity to read words that contain the new sound. To support children with their reading, key sounds are highlighted and sound buttons (dots and dashes) are used underneath the word. Children are given the opportunity to write the words within this part of the lesson. When writing CVC or CVCC/CCVC words, children use a phoneme frame so that they can put one sound in each box. 



In this part of the lesson, children apply their new phonics knowledge so they can read a caption or a sentence. They can apply their knowledge to write a caption or sentence using the new sound.


Phonics Reading Sessions 

All children in EYFS and KS1 will have three reading sessions each week where they will apply the phonics skills they have been learning to their reading. Children will read the same book for the three sessions and will learn how to: decode, use expression and answer comprehension questions. Children will work in a small group for these sessions to allow every child to receive support with their reading within each session. 

If you would like to find out more about the Little Wandle progression, click here.



This year, reading remains at the forefront of our school priorities. We believe that reading opens up the world to our learners and research shows that the enjoyment of reading is the single most important factor in future educational success. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you what we are doing to support your child’s reading development.


Reading diaries

All children will be given a reading diary to record their home and school reading. In order to support your child’s reading development, we ask that you sign your child’s diary when they read at home. We will do the same when they read at school so please ensure your it comes back to school each day. Please note that your child may bring the same reading book home over a number of days to read and consolidate their decoding skills. This is an important part of the reading process.


Reading skills

All children will take part in a daily reading lesson to support the development of the skills of reading. At Claremont, we use reading VIPERS to teach the skills of reading. VIPERS stands for Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise/Sequence. Each day, children will encounter five key texts to provide reading opportunities across the curriculum as well as experience a rich reading diet.


Accelerated Reader

Children in Key Stage 2 will receive log in details for Accelerated Reader. Children will have a ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) score to ensure they are reading a book matched to their ability. Once your child has completed a book, they will complete an online quiz to assess their understanding.


Book Nook

The book nook is a space in school dedicated to promoting reading for pleasure. The book shelves are full of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and picture books for your children to enjoy reading. In there, children will find story props and costumes to bring reading to life! The Book Nook is open every break time and lunch time and will be run by our reading ambassadors in Years 5 and 6.


Reading ambassadors

Children in Years 5 and 6 will be invited to apply for one of eight reading ambassador roles. If appointed to the role, your child will have the responsibility of running the book nook, promoting reading across school, listening to children read and sharing stories with children across school. They will each receive their own reading kit and take part in bespoke training to support them in their role.   


Reading mornings

We hope to continue our reading breakfast mornings in the future. Previous events have been well attended and we love to see both our learners and their parents engaged in reading and sharing that experience together. We can’t wait to run them again as soon as it is safe to do so.


Reading volunteers

Once we have the go ahead to have visitors back in school, we will be continuing our successful reading volunteer sessions. If you are interested in becoming a reading volunteer, please email Miss Davis at


If you have any questions about reading, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s class teacher or myself. We would be more than happy to discuss reading with you.