Reading at Barlby Bridge

            Phonics (reading and spelling)

At Barlby Bridge School, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Nursery/Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.  ‘Keep Up’ and small group intervention sessions take place throughout EYFS –KS2 following the ‘Little Wandle Programme to ensure all children become confident, fluent readers.

As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At Barlby Bridge School, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.


At Barlby Bridge School, we value reading as a crucial life skill. By the time children leave us, they read confidently for meaning and regularly enjoy reading for pleasure. Our readers are equipped with the tools to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary. We encourage our children to see themselves as readers for both pleasure and purpose.

Because we believe teaching every child to read is so important, we have a Reading Leader who drives the early reading programme in our school. This person is highly skilled at teaching phonics and reading, and they monitor and support our reading team, so everyone teaches with fidelity to the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme.

Click here to view the Little Wandle Programme-Overview_Reception-and-Year-1-1 (2) 

Click here to read our Early Reading and Phonics Policy

Click here to read our full English Intent Doc April 22

Extreme Reading

For World Book Day 2022, we held an Extreme Reading competition in school. Children sent in photographs of the most extraordinary places to be caught reading. We had some brilliant examples and the winning entries were presented with £50 of book tokens. Thank you to all of the children and staff who took part in this competition! A full display of the photographs can be seen in school near the library.


School Reading Café 2022

We had a fantastic day celebrating World Book Day in school.  All the children (and staff) looked great in their costumes-  a big thank you for your support with this.

It was lovely to see the older children sharing books with the younger ones at our reading café- thankyou to Mrs Williams our school cook for providing the tasty treats for this.

The children worked so enthusiastically throughout the day taking part in book based activities and really did show their pleasure for reading and books.