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How to help your child learn to read

If your child has recently started school, you might be wondering how you can help them learn to read at home, or perhaps you are interested in knowing a bit more about what they are learning at school. Most parents of young children were taught to read using a different strategy to the one used today, which is why it can be hard to know what to do for the best. 


Letters and Sounds

At Endeavour Primary School we teach our children using the scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’. The way children are taught to read is called phonics. There are some useful words you might want to know like phoneme (the sound of each letter) and grapheme (what each letter looks like). The phonemes – graphemes are split into groups called phases. The phases develop from Phase 1 to Phase 6. Children move through the phases from Year Reception to Year 2, staff regularly assess children’s progress enabling teachers to plan each child’s next steps in learning. Research into brain development shows that children need more than one opportunity to learn new skills so our phonic teaching is a flexible process with regular opportunities to revisit areas of learning.


Phonics is taught in a structured and engaging way, giving the children the skills they need to tackle new words. Phonics is a daily learning opportunity for all children from Reception to Year 2 for 20 minutes a day.  At Endeavour Primary we carefully assess children and set for Phonics. This helps to ensure we support your child from their phonic starting point and through ongoing monitoring and tracking throughout each phase we can react rapidly to their attainment and progress.  Our Phonics sessions are designed to be fun and interactive to engage and excite the children. We want to promote a love and joy of reading.


Phonics Team- Gemma Hill (Head of Kirk Campus)  and Jenny Williams (Foundation Stage Class Teacher)


Phonics Progression Map

Letters and Sounds Scheme

Writing at Endeavour


At Endeavour Primary School we believe that a love for reading and immersion into rich texts is an essential skills for writing. Our writing themes are based on literature that is strongly linked to the Project or Reading Workshop. The children are given the opportunity to absorb the chosen text, getting to know the characters and plot, researching fact and opinion, which then acts as a stimulus and drive for exciting written pieces of their own.


This is particularly evident through the integrated curriculum. Through our integrated curriculum we offer lots of opportunities for children to write for real- world purposes and share their writing with others including classmates, other children in the school, parents and staff.


When children leave Endeavour, we want to ensure they are equipped with the essential literacy skills and passion which will fully prepare them for the learning challenges and opportunities still to come. Together we give the children the skills, knowledge and self-belief to change the world.



Reading Curriculum


Reading is at the heart of our curriculum at Endeavour Primary School as we believe that being a confident reader provides children with fundamental life skills and broadens their horizons.  We ensure that children are exposed to a wide range of high quality texts through school through our well thought out and organised reading curriculum. Reading in EYFS, is supported by play based activities to ensure that children use language patterns in their play. In addition they learn a wide range of nursery rhymes and poems to support their language development. In KS1, children continue their journey through traditional tales but also read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction to support the integrated curriculum which is heavily supported through phonics to secure their decoding and fluency skills. In kS2, the children are immersed into a diverse range of exciting and challenging texts including modern and heritage fiction and interesting and unusual non-fiction texts. We teaching our reading through 'Reading Workshop' which allows children to study a book as a class, whilst developing key reading skills.