Early reading is a key priority at Whetley Academy. Our staff are passionate about developing a love of reading in our school, from our youngest pupils in Little Acorns, to our oldest pupils in Y6, and this is evident when you step through our doors and see books around every corner of our school! We have put in place an early reading curriculum that ensures our children become confident, fluent readers, which will then allow them to become independent learners.

From October 2021, Phonics will be taught using the ELS programme. Teachers will follow structured lessons as part of this programme. Children are taught sounds progressively, starting with Phase 1 in the Foundation Stage. Words that are harder to read and spell (HRS) are also introduced gradually in phased booklets which children will bring home to practise.

Phonics Tracker is an online assessment tool that is used throughout school to identify gaps in learning and ensure progress in reading is rapid. Children also are given books regularly each week, matching their phonics learning, so they can practise what they have learnt at home.