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Reading At Kelsale

Reading at Kelsale is split into 3 distinct skills: Decoding, fluency and comprehension.

We have adopted two schemes to help us to develop this vital skill.  Below you can find an overviw of both plus some phonics videos to help you understand the various levels throughout Key Stage 1.



AN OVERVIEW OF Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised FOR PARENTS AND CARERS

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised has been developed by Little Sutton and Wandle English Hubs and taken forward by Little Sutton Primary School and Wandle Learning Trust in partnership with other phonics and early reading experts. Our schools have developed a highly effective Letters and Sounds approach over recent years, with Phonics screening check results consistently amongst the top five per cent in the country.

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised has been built around the update (Department for Education – Letters and Sounds improving rates of progress 2021) that we were funded to produce by the Department for Education, as well as drawing 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.

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1

phase_2_sounds_taught_in_reception_autumn_1 (540p).mp4

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2

phase_2_sounds_taught_in_reception_autumn_2 (540p).mp4

Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1

phase_3_sounds_taught_in_reception_spring_1 (540p) (1).mp4

How to say Phase 5 sounds

how_to_say_phase_5_sounds (540p).mp4

How we teach blending

how_we_teach_blending (540p).mp4

How we teach tricky words

tricky_words_final_(1).mp4 (540p).mp4

Accelerated reader



Your child picks a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz (in school) on the computer - passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what has been read. 

Since they are reading books at their own reading and interest levels, most children are likely to be successful and enjoy the books and quizzes. Best of all they learn and grow at their own pace.

AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. 

The STAR reading test, along with teacher judgement assists us in identifying a child’s ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) range.



Make time for them to read at home. Children need to read for at least 20 minutes every day to improve their reading ability.
Encourage your child to read with you and/or discuss what they have read.  A child may be able to decode and read the words but may not have understood it, so asking questions about the book is important. 

Find suitable books for your child at AR Bookfinder. Use the Search function to look for specific titles or topics, or go to Advanced Search to browse for books within your child’s ZPD and interest level.

Visit your local library.


We are pleased to announce the launch of Accelerated Reader (AR) at Kelsale CEVCP School..

AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice allowing children to make consistent progress in their reading throughout KS2. 



After your child takes a STAR reading test, the teacher will assess the results and give them a ZPD reading range. The range aims to challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation.

Members of staff and the school librarians have orgnised the books in the school library into these colour groups and have stickered the books to make it easier for chidlren to identify their section/s of the library,  

You can also check the ZPD of books from book shops or libraries using the AR book guide:

AR Book guide

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