A home reading scheme is operated throughout the school whereby children bring home books to share with their families each week. Instilling a love of reading is a key aim of our reading curriculum, so children do get opportunities throughout the week to read for pleasure. These opportunities include daily story times, whole class reading sessions and buddy reading with their partner classes in the library.

In Year 1, the children take part in a reading scheme called Little Wandle Letters and Sounds. In these sessions the children enjoy independent reading three times a week in small groups, using books matched to their independent reading level. These groups are led by a trained adult. The three sessions focus on Decoding, Prosody and Comprehension. If there are children in other year groups who have gaps in their fluency (overall pace of reading) they are also enrolled into the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds scheme.

In Year 2, the children also take part in the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds scheme as part of a carousel of activities. During their daily reading sessions the children will read in small groups matched to their independent reading level, visit the school library, read topic based books provided by the Islington Library Service, spend time in the class book corner or read a book of their own choosing.

In KS2 the children take part in a scheme called Destination Reader. Destination Reader is a new approach to teaching reading in KS2. It involves daily sessions incorporating whole class modelling prior to the children applying these skills through partner work and independent reading. Children deepen their understanding of the texts, developing oracy around reading and increasing breadth of reading. Destination Reader also helps to build a culture of reading for pleasure and purpose.

Destination Reader


At Haseltine Primary, we Learn to Readthen we Read to Learn.

Learn to Read

Learning to read is a priority at Haseltine Primary School. We believe that for all our children to become fluent readers and writers, phonics must be taught through a systematic and structured phonics programme.

To help us to learn to read, we practice phonics every day in EYFS and Key Stage 1 using the Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) programme – Little Wandle Letters and Sounds.

In phonics, we teach children that the letters of the alphabet represent a different sound, that these can be used in a variety of combinations and are put together to make words. The children learn to recognise all of the different sounds and combinations that they might see when they are reading or writing. Our phonics teaching starts in Nursery and follows a very specific sequence that allows our children to build on their previous phonic knowledge and master specific phonic strategies as they move through school. As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words that they might discover.

At Haseltine, we also model these strategies in shared reading and writing both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on the development of language skills for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.

How we teach phonics and Early Reading (Early Years and KS1)

Reading practice sessions

How do we assess phonic knowledge?

Reading for pleasure – Early Years and KS1

Alongside daily teaching of phonics, reading for pleasure is an important part of our Early Reading offer. We ensure children develop a love of reading and are exposed to a range of interesting and relevant authors. We promote a love of reading in the following ways:

If you are a parent and would like more information about how to support your child with phonics at home, please follow this link to find the Reception and Year 1 overview

Haseltine Primary School
Haseltine Road
Lower Sydenham
London SE26 5AD
Tel: 020 8778 6536

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