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Phonics and Reading
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic phonics approach, using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. Children also use ‘Jolly Phonics’ actions to go with the sounds to support their learning.
We use a combination of reading schemes. These include Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy’s Phonics, Project X and an extensive range of supplementary materials. These give a variety of fiction and non–fiction books to develop children’s reading range. Children learn to read at different rates. Once they finish the reading scheme, we encourage them to become ‘free readers’ and choose their own books.
Our daily phonics sessions are pacey and fun, involving lots of speaking, listening and games. The emphasis is on children’s active participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent play.
Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’ – words with spellings that are unusual or that children have not yet been taught. These include the words ‘to’, ‘was’, ‘said’ and ‘the’ – you can’t really break the sounds down for such words so it’s better to just ‘recognise’ them.
Phase one will have begun at home and in nursery. This phase paves the way for the systematic learning of phonics. During this phase especially, we plan activities that will help children to listen attentively to sounds around them, such as the sounds of their toys and to sounds in spoken language. We teach a wide range of nursery rhymes and songs and read good books to and with the children. This helps to increase the number of words they know – their vocabulary – and helps them talk confidently about books. The children learn to identify rhyme and alliteration.
Guided reading is a daily activity throughout school for all children. We follow a Core Text approach which means each class has a focus text linked to their topic and every aspect of the curriculum is based around this text. If you would like to know which text is being read in your child's class then please see their class teacher as this will further help you to support your child's reading at home.
Assessment of reading skills is essential and we use ongoing teacher assessment and PIRA testing which identifies any gaps in children's reading skills and enables teachers to plan very purposeful lessons in order to fill these gaps.