Preston Primary (VC) School

Love, Learn, Aspire

"Let all that you do be done in love." 1 Corinthians 16:14


Reading and Phonics


We believe that whilst children are learning to read they should also be learning to love books. Consequently we ensure that there are a range of whole school activities provided, such as Book Week. 

Our pupils are taught to read through adopting a range of strategies to decode print. One of our prime approaches is the teaching of phonics, the breaking down of language into its component sounds. We follow the ‘Little Wandle’ programme across Reception and KS1, extending the programme into KS2 where appropriate. Sessions take place daily for approximately 20 minutes.

Book Talk (using the Rainbow Rainbow) is used across the whole school to teach children the knowledge, skills and understanding of reading in all its diversity. 

The aim of every reading session is to encourage and extend independent reading skills, teaching the specific skills required. Texts are selected to match the reading ability, interest and current topic in each class. 

See the English Curriculum Statement above for more information.