Reading & Phonics

Systematic Synthetic Phonics

From Reception we follow a structured programme from Read Write Inc. to teach children letter sounds and strategies for decoding words.  This scheme rapidly moves children forward and targets their needs so that they are fully supported in their reading skills. * The teaching of phonics is intrinsic to the literacy development of our children.

* The children participate in daily discrete phonics sessions where they learn new sounds or spelling patterns to develop their decoding skills. They are then given wide opportunities across the whole curriculum to apply their learning within their own reading and writing.

* Our phonics teaching is well paced and very interactive to engage the children and to improve their skills. Children who find this area of learning tricky are given extra support in small groups and within literacy lessons to develop their skills.


Please visit our 'Parent Meetings' page for further information about the way in which we deliver phonics in school.


Guided Reading

We use a group 'guided reading' strategy to explore a variety of texts in school.  At least one book is sent home weekly to practise and embed skills.  Alongside paper texts we are now offering access to electronic books via Bug Club. Please ask a member of staff for more details or login information for your child.

Reading is planned according to the National Curriculum Reading Objectives and is organised in line with the school policy:

* Every child will have a guided reading session at least once a week with an adult.

* Children will take part in a whole class read once a week.

* During reading time, children will access regular phonic/spelling related or comprehension activities week.

* In addition to the phonetically decodable books that the children take home to practice reading, the children are given an additional Oxford Reading Tree book to share and read.

* Children choose a daily basket book within their own reading band to take home.

* Children will be able to use the library on a weekly basis to select a fiction or non fiction text

* Each child will be able to choose a story sack every half term. This can be taken home on a Thursday and returned on Tuesday.

* The children's Reading Record (home/school reading diary) will be completed weekly once the child has been listened to read with the focus reading objectives clearly stated so that:
􀂙 the child knows what they have been working on
􀂙 parents have guidance on how to help their children

*  Each teacher carries out on-going reading assessment based on the ability to decode and comprehend. This informs the next steps in learning for the children.

* Wider reading is promoted and taught within our context led curriculum, this includes shared reading as well as independent and group opportunities. It is a fundamental part of our teaching within all curriculum areas so the children are given maximum opportunities to apply their learning.