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Why is Phonics Important?

The 2021 Reading Framework document published by the Department for Education opens with the statement:

“The reading and writing of Standard English, alongside proficient language development is the key to unlocking the rest of the academic curriculum. Fluency of reading is also a key indicator for future success in further education, higher education and employment”.

Here at Orton Wistow we want every child to be successful, fluent readers and writers by the end of Key Stage One, and we believe that this is achievable through a combination of strong, high quality, discrete phonics teaching combined with regular, daily opportunities for developing reading skills. The teaching of phonics is a key strategy that is used to help our children learn to read, write and spell. At Orton Wistow we use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.

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