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Bedgrove Junior School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go."

                                                       Dr Seuss


"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

                                                              Joseph Addison



At Bedgrove Junior School, we want to inspire all children to become avid lifelong readers by delivering an engaging, cohesively-planned curriculum, delivered by enthusiastic teachers who ignite a passion for reading.

We promote a love of reading through our high-quality guided reading sessions taught four days per week, class reading time, effective use of the class and school library and celebrating events such as World Book Day.  We strive hard to make sure reading is a well-loved and high-profile subject that is promoted by all members of staff.

We ensure that everyone at Bedgrove Junior School has access to our wide range of texts which expose readers to a range of styles, authors and genres.  We also want to make sure the children are immersed in texts that celebrate diversity through teaching about other cultures, identities and the history of the world.

We aim to provide all children with the reading skills needed to succeed in becoming independent readers. We work closely with our pupils as they transition in to Year 3, ensuring that they have the core phonics skills to enable them to decode and read fluently. In order to allow pupils to transition to secondary school, and be able to easily access all other subjects, it is essential that all of our pupils have the skills to decode, read fluently, comprehend texts at an appropriate level, and most importantly have an enjoyment of reading. Furthermore, it is vital that our children are provided with opportunities to become readers who are able to analyse texts, identify authors and styles of writing that they like - to become their own 'reader'. By modelling and promoting ‘book talk’ in our reading sessions, we enable children to verbalise their understanding of what they have read and become confident communicators with constantly improving oracy skills.  We also aim to challenge all pupils by constantly providing them with opportunities to encounter and use higher level vocabulary and providing access to high quality texts.


Phonics update

Following recent government guidance regarding phonics, we have chosen to follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds program at Bedgrove Junior School. Our staff are currently undergoing the initial training and we will be ready to implement this fully by 2022 Autumn Term. 


Little Wandle - Phonics at Bedgrove


At Bedgrove, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we have chosen to teach phonics through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is an approved systematic and synthetic phonics programme. Due to being a Junior school, we teach Phonics in the Autumn term of Year 3 following a baseline assessment and continue to provide support for identified pupils from that point onwards. We follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds revised programme, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. 

Please find some useful resources below to view as a parent. The link provides the different phonetic sounds covered across the whole programme - your child's class teacher will be able to guide you towards sounds being covered at school in the Autumn Term following the baseline assessment.



A Guide to Reading at Bedgrove Junior School

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Here is a video demonstrating how to use MyOn for both reading and homework. From Monday 20th June, we will be trialling setting homework on here to reduce the need for planners. Please contact the school if your child has any issues logging in, or if you'd like any further support with using it.

Reading at Bedgrove - Summer Newsletter

Helping your child at home

Accelerated Reader Information

Other useful documents for Reading: