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Intent Statement

Reading is a fundamental part of everything we do at Larkholme. Children are exposed to high quality texts across the curriculum and reading skills are taught explicitly in all year groups. Alongside the skills of decoding and comprehension, book talk encourages children to think as a reader and discuss their preferences, likes and dislikes. Reading for pleasure is a cornerstone of our approach and the high profile of reading in school is further enhanced by reading initiatives we carry out throughout the year.

English Writing is taught through a range of exciting stimuli, which includes books, film clips, artefacts, visitors and real life experiences. We strive to equip children to develop a rich vocabulary, which can help them bring their writing to life. Basic skills and non-negotiables underpin writing in all areas of the curriculum. Teachers model the writing process and demonstrate the ambitious high standards expected of all children. Every child is encouraged to let their imagination and personality shine through in their writing.


At Larkholme Primary School, we follow Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics. Pupils in EYFS and KS1 will have daily phonics sessions. At the end of Year 1 pupils will complete the Phonics Check to ascertain if they have met the required standard. Pupils who do not achieve the required standard will receive support in Year 2 and will retake the check. If a pupil does not achieve at the standard at the end of Year 2, they will continue to taught phonics but will not have to retake the check again.


Phonics at Larkholme

At Larkholme Primary School we strive to develop all of our pupils into confident and competent readers and writers. One of the vital ways that this is done is through the daily teaching of phonics starting in Reception up to Year 2.

In our phonics sessions we follow the Letters and Sounds scheme where children work through phases starting from phase 1 through to phase 6. In these sessions a structure is followed where children are given the opportunity to recap on previous learning, learn a new phoneme and then practise and apply the new phoneme into different contexts.

Children are then given other opportunities to develop these skills further outside of their phonics sessions in guided reading, independent reading and writing. Our phonics sessions are delivered in a practical and interactive way to children, below are some links to websites that your child may already be familiar with. Please feel free to have a go at following some of these links at home with your child! J

During phonics we ensure that children are pronouncing ‘pure’ sounds. The video below shows all of the pure phonic sounds being pronounced with a little bit more information about the importance of this.