Bassetts Farm Primary School

A love of learning for life

St John’s Road, Exmouth, Devon EX8 4GB

01395 275968


Reading is the cornerstone to learning and a love of reading stays with us through life. At Bassetts Farm, we place great emphasis on reading, through teaching phonics, enjoying guided reading sessions and giving the children a wide range of books and materials to devour.

How we teach Reading and Phonics

To teach early reading, we are following ‘Little Wandle, Letters and Sounds Revised’ which is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP).

In Reception, children have a phonics session each morning and an additional afternoon phonics session each afternoon. In the afternoons we focus more on children being able to spell words and apply skills learnt in the morning.

In Year 1 the children continue with daily phonics and will sit the Phonics Check in June. As Parents, you will be kept informed throughout their journey.

In Year 2, as well as phonics, the focus also moves to spelling patterns.

From year 3 upwards, the children will have 3 discrete spellings sessions a week.


Throughout your child's time at Bassetts, children will be heard to read regularly. This may be individually or in a taught Guided Reading session. It is expected that all children will read daily at home.

As the children progress with reading and their phonics, they will have carefully matched books to enjoy at home and help practice their reading skills. This ensures that the books are matched to your child's needs. 

Once your child becomes a Free reader, they will select from carefully graded books from within the library: Citron, Ebony, Sapphire and then Burgundy.


Gallery of Reading

Supporting Reading

For a breakdown of Phonics and some resources to support reading, please click below to access the Little Wandile parents section.

Little Wandle Parents Resources

Bassetts Reading Spine