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At Heathfield Primary School, we aim to develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary in every subject. Understanding language unlocks the whole curriculum and is essential for success in all subjects.


We want our children to develop a love for books and reading and we promote this in a variety of ways, for example, World Book Day, visiting authors, book fairs and engaging class novels.


Reading at Home


Our children are encouraged to read at home at least three times a week and parents to write a short comment in their reading record. Ten minutes spent developing their reading skills through sharing books with an adult helps children become fluent and confident readers; children who see adults reading, and enjoying reading, are much more likely to want to read themselves. We use Reading Miles as a reward scheme to give motivation to the children. Book bands are used to ensure that children are reading books appropriate to their reading ability.




Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum, the Ofsted Deep Dive into reading and preparing your children to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check.

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Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1

Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1

Alien Words

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2

How we teach blending

Tricky Words

Guided Reading


Guided reading gives children opportunity to explore books in greater depth, demonstrating their understanding of what they have read and sharing their opinions.

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