Reading and Phonics
In Foundation Stage children become familiar with story language and poetry. They repeat words and phrases and begin to recognise rhythm in the spoken word and rhyme. They identify familiar words and signs. Early phonic phases are introduced which focus on hearing the sounds in words and linking sounds to letters.
This is continued in KS1 with children developing different strategies to help decode new words when reading and phonics is applied to spelling through the Letters and Sounds programme.
Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big-Cat are the main reading schemes used in KS1.
The LA spelling toolkit is used across the school and children become more familiar with a wide range of text types and develop higher order reading skills further e.g. inference and deduction.
At all stages children are involved in shared, paired, group, guided or independent reading and reading for pleasure is nurtured. Parents are encouraged to listen to their children read at home and to talk about books/read stories to their children.
Pupils have access to the school library where there are a variety of books to choose from and Kindles as an option. A ‘Reading Buddy’ club operates between years 5/6 and year 2 pupils. Paper copies of the children’s newspaper ‘First News’ are available to years 1-6. An interactive IT phonics and spelling program ‘Reading Eggs’ can be accessed in school and at home.
The school also offers reading intervention for pupils who are not making expected progress or who find reading difficult.