Goldfinch Class

Goldfinch class is a mixed age class of Year 1 and Year 2 pupils. Currently, the class is taught by Mrs E Bell (Mon, Tues) and Mrs H Padget (Wed, Thurs, Fri) and supported by Mrs R Karam, a HLTA with immense experience in supporting SEND. 


Goldfinch are taught the national curriculum and gently eased into this during the Autumn term, with some opportunities for child initiated learning.  


Little Wandle Letters and Sounds is continued to be taught daily with regular assessment and rapid catch up interventions put in place for those at risk. At the end of Year 1, pupils take the phonics screening check. This test is administered by our phonics lead and give pupils the opportunity to show of their phonics knowledge learning by segmenting and blending increasingly complex words.  


Those within the phonics programme will have weekly guided reading sessions on a carefully chosen text. This will then come home with them towards the end of the week. 


Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

A sharing book.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

Reading practice book

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

Sharing book

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!