Bolton School Nursery

Children Benefit from Phonics and Reading Projects

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Staff at Bolton School Nursery are excited to have signed up to the Bolton Cross Phase Reading Project, which aims to deploy a coherent strategy to improve children’s early reading development. Deputy Manager Allyson Hunt explains: ‘Our plan is to link closely with other settings and to develop a reading culture across our own nursery by modelling and through the engagement of parents. 

'Our Butterfly Class children will be extending their learning over the Summer Term by using digital reading resources. These will be wordless digital books and resources, which will support the children in “reading” the picture and explaining what is happening on the page before moving onto books with words and short sentences when they join their Reception Class.’

The programme links closely with the Nursery’s participation in the Local Authority Early Years Phonics Project, which sees it working alongside other local schools and nurseries across the town. This originally started in 2019-2020 but was put on hold because of Coronavirus. Ms Hunt explains: ‘We have continued to lead phonics sessions daily throughout the pandemic, alongside a robust home learning scheme. This had a positive impact on the children who are now ready to move onto their next learning journey of independent reading and writing. The daily sessions are based on the DfE’s “Letters and Sounds Programme”  which is a mixture of play based and taught sessions where children are encouraged to participate at their own level.’ 

Nursery Manager Mrs Jasmin Sanders added: ‘Our long term plan is to continue to prioritise communication and language throughout our setting, to involve parents and families at home as much as we can and to organise a lending library that they can use. I am delighted the Phonics Project, which is taking place across a number of early years settings, has started back up again. The two projects go really well together. There are no other Early Years settings that I know of doing both schemes at the same time.’

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