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Reading & Phonics

Reading

Reading is at the heart of the curriculum; We encourage all children to read a variety of text by developing a positive attitude and understanding of what they read.

Year groups focus on a book each half term which forms part of the learning journey and creative curriculum; children also receive a book for independent reading, which is read with the class teacher on a regular basis as well as at home with their parent or carer, children are encouraged to record their thoughts in a reading diary.

 

We promote reading by;

  • Listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and reference books or text books

  • Reading books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes

  • Increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books including Fairy Tales & Myths and Legends

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a daily teacher led individual intervention for 5 to 6 year olds.

The intervention involves one to one lessons for 30 minutes a day. It supports low attaining children in reading and writing to reach age expected levels within 20 weeks.

The components of a lesson are:

  • Read 2 to 3 familiar books
  • Letter identification and word breaking
  • Text writing
  • Cut up sentences
  • Read a new books

Within the 30 minute framework the activities are designed to meet each students individual needs at their instructional level.

Phonics

Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write by developing their phonemic awareness—the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate different sounds used in the English language. Children learn the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling patterns (graphemes) that represent them. We place a strong emphasis on the teaching of phonics in the early years of reading and writing in order to give all children a solid foundation for learning. Because not all words in the English language comply to the rules of phonics we also teach so-called ‘sight words’ by repetition and retrieval. 

 

The Teaching of Phonics

Phonics lessons are taught daily from Reception class up to Year Two. The sessions are short, engaging and memorable with an emphasis placed on revising a previously learned letter-sound correspondence, learning a new one, practicing this, and applying it to sentence level work.
The teaching of phonics begins in Reception class using the ‘Read Write Inc' programme this is continued into 

Years One and Two learning alternative spelling, sounds and refining their knowledge to become more fluent readers and more accurate spellers.

 

The Phonics Screening Check

During the Summer term in Year One, children nationwide are tested on their phonic knowledge. This test helps us to identify children who have gaps in their phonic knowledge and may need further support in Year Two. The test is low-key and we endeavour to make it stress-free for the children. Essentially, the children are asked to read 40 words from a list, using their phonics to ‘sound out’ the word and then blend it if they need to. Parents are informed as to whether their child has achieved the national expectation within the child’s end-of-year report.

 

 

Read Write Inc

Children in Reception and Year's One and Two take part in a tailored phonics programme designed to meet the needs of the individual; Following the principles of the Read Write Inc programme, the children are streamed across five specific phonics groups.

Each group provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching phonics and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. Each group will be revising all letters of the alphabet and the sounds which they most commonly represent as well as constant digraphs and the sounds that they represent.

This is supplemented by the reading of specific banded books as well as in comprehension activities designed to increase the children’s reading and writing knowledge. 

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