All pupils at Wansdyke are expected to read at least four times a week at home. This is monitored and should be recorded by parents signing each day they have heard a child read, as well as then signing the bottom of the planner each week.
My child is in key stage 2, do I still need to listen to them read?
Yes, it is important to read at least four times a week with your child, so that you can ensure they have understood what they are reading. We support additional reading on top of this for children who enjoy reading independently!
In key stage 2 children record their own reading books and pages, but parents still need to sign each time they have heard a child read and then sign the planner at the bottom each week.
We welcome any comments from parents about how their children are doing with home reading.
Download our list of books (Pdf) that will aid your child's reading. These can be purchased from high street stores, online book sellers or borrowed from a local library. This list is designed to coincide with the school's reading recovery levels.
The following are sets of words your child is currently learning to read, then later on, will be learning to spell. These are practise sheets so you can download them, print them off and read with your child at home. If you are unsure which set/s to print, please speak to your child's class teacher.
You can print off a practice sheet for the maths badge you are working towards, just click on the link to your badge!
For White, Blue, Yellow, Red, Orange and Green badges you get 2.5 minutes to complete them.
For White star, Blue star, Yellow star, Red star, Orange star, Green star, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Rainbow, and Black badges you get 3 minutes to complete them.
- White (Pdf)
- White star (Pdf)
- Blue (Pdf)
- Blue star (Pdf)
- Yellow (Pdf)
- Yellow star (Pdf)
- Red (Pdf)
- Orange (Pdf)
- Orange star (Pdf)
- Green (Pdf)
- Green star (Pdf)
- Bronze (Pdf)
- Silver (Pdf)
- Gold (Pdf)
- Platinum (Pdf)
- Rainbow (Pdf)
- Black (Pdf)
- Black star (Pdf)
You may also like to play School Jotter the online times tables game.
Wansdyke Primary have a group of parents, teachers and friends who work together to fund-raise for the school and host social events, such as quizzes, barbeques, fayres and discos. All the money raised from these events goes towards supporting the school.
Many different things have been purchased for the children as part of their tireless fundraising efforts. Each class has a digital camera, the key stage two children have an individual planner and each year, the Big Oaks class have a special leaving gift purchased for them which is all funded by the PTFA.
We are always looking for new people to join us, so please ask any of the current members, or ask in the office, if you would like to find out more.
News and events:
- Chair: Neeley Upward
- Vice Chair: Nikki Kenna
- Treasurer: Katherine Carlton
- Secretary: Claire Hawkesby
Other members of the PTFA include:
- Kelly Mattock
- Craig and Kelly O’Brien
- Sian Vear
- Kelly Cottle
- Tony Binding
- Kelly Barrett
- Vicki Weston
If you know of a family or child in Bristol who needs support or safeguarding, please contact First Response.
• Encouraging better behaviour (Pdf)
• Handle with care - a guide to keeping your baby safe (Pdf)
• Keeping your cool (Pdf)
• Listening to children (Pdf)
• Out alone - a guide to keeping a child safe (Pdf)
The following are skills that we recommend parents develop v11ith their children at home and which will also be reinforced in school. Children should be able to do the following independently:
Before starting Year R:
- Get dressed and undressed (with support for buttons)
- Toilet themselves and flush (including boys being able to use a urinal)
- Wash and dry their hands
- Blow and wipe their nose
- Hold a knife and fork in the correct hands
- Cut soft food with a knife
- Attempt to write their own first name
By the end of Year R:
- Get dressed and undressed independently
- Fasten and unfasten coat buttons and zips
- Hold a knife and fork correctly ie. with forefingers on top
- Cut most food with a knife
- Write their own first name correctly with a capital letter
- Carry bags to and from school
- Draw a line using a ruler
- Hold a pair of scissors correctly
- Peel a banana
- Use 'please' and 'thank you' without prompting
By the end of Year 1:
- Pour water carefully from a jug
- Butter bread
- Draw a straight line using a ruler
- Write their own first and last name correctly with capital letters
- Cut straight lines using scissors confidently
In time for Year 2 camp:
- Tie laces
- Brush own teeth fully
- Dry self and hair with a towel
- Make a sandwich; including butter, a single filling and the sandwich cut in half
- Pack a sleeping bag away
- Pack a suitcase with clothes etc
- Cut around a range of objects using scissors accurately, neatly and confidently
Last updated: July 2018
This presentation is shown to new parents when joining the school.
This booklet is for parents to understand the SPaG work which goes on in our school. It explains all you will need to know to help your children with their learning.
From this page you can download copies of the guided reading booklets.
There are two different booklets - one for Foundation Stage and Key Stage One (Years Reception, 1 & 2) which contain guided reading prompts. The second booklet is for Key Stage Two (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) which contain questions for guided reading of fiction.
If you have any queries regarding the prompts and questions contained in these booklets, please do come and talk to your child's class teacher.
We have also recently produced an overall guide on how to support your child's reading. Please click here to open the 'Reading Booklet for Parents.'
Our Approach to Phonics and Spellings: early years and key stage 1
The teaching and learning of phonics at Wansdyke primary school will follow the teaching sequence set out in the Letters and Sounds programme, supported by a variety of resources. High quality phonics sessions will be taught daily in Reception and Keys Stage 1 classes, enhanced by a multisensory teaching approach, aware of different styles, incuding visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. Children are set for phonics sessions according to their ability.
In addition to daily phonics sessions, teachers may teach discrete sessions, to further support the development of children’s phonetical understanding and spelling.
Key stage 2
In Key Stage 2 spellings are taught in one 30 minute session each week, in differentiated groups following ‘Support for Spelling’ and the Spelling Bank. This is not just about phonetical understanding and spelling patterns as children are also taught explicitly about the structure of words (morphology) to guide their spelling. Children also have the opportunity to complete spelling consolidation wok through differentiated and individualised activities during guided reading sessions. In addition, some children will work on phonics gaps using the Nessy programme.
Our reading schemes
At Wansdyke we use a range of reading schemes. All of our books are levelled using the reading recovery levels, regardless of what reading scheme the books are from. These levels are linked to the national curriculum levels relating to the ability to decode.
Free ebooks for children
The Oxford University Press have 250 ebooks available for reading on tablets. The ages range from 3-11 so it's definitely worth a look! You can register here.