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Durdan's Park Primary School


Literacy is an integral part of life and we therefore seek to develop and extend its use in every possible way. In line with the National Curriculum  special emphasis is given to each of the following areas:

  • reading
  • speaking and listening
  • writing
  • handwriting
  • spelling
  • grammar
  • punctuation.

All these areas are taught through a structured literacy session which takes place on a daily basis. Targets to further each individual child’s literacy development are set termly.

Children have access to a wide range of reading materials, through reading schemes, library books, and encyclopaedias.

Parents are encouraged to hear their children read each day. We believe that a wide selection of books serves to motivate our children’s interest in reading. To this end, we are always increasing our provision of books. All children have access to our school library.

Writing is given strong emphasis with a great variety of written work taking place through different forms; narrative, creative, descriptive, accounts of experiments etc. Writing skills are supported and extended throughout the school by spelling, structured handwriting, grammar, punctuation and computer work. Speaking and listening takes place in many forms. Children are encouraged to communicate orally with clarity in a variety of situations. Discussion is regularly encouraged so that children may have an opportunity of listening to and exploring the experience of others. Children are encouraged to read to teachers and to peers.

How Phonics is taught at Durdan’s Park Primary School

Phonics is taught using the Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme, Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised has been developed by Wandle and Little Sutton English Hubs and taken forward by Little Sutton Primary School and Wandle Learning Trust in partnership with other phonics and early reading experts.  The SSP draws 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. To learn more about the programme, please see the link below: https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/about-us/ . In addition, the programme overview can viewed here.

The resources on the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home.

The glossary of all of the key terminology can be viewed by clicking here

To hear the correct pronunciation of sounds please click here.