Our Approach to Reading & Phonics

Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will do at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as possible into encouraging children to enjoy reading and to develop a love of books.

We start by teaching phonics in The Foundation Stage using the highly successful 'Read Write Inc' phonics programme. Children learn how to 'read' the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well.

The children also practise reading (and spelling) 'tricky words', such as 'once,' 'have,' 'said' and 'where'. Once children can blend sounds together to read words, they practise reading books that match the phonics and the 'tricky words' they know. They start to believe they can read and this begins to develop their confidence.

Teachers regularly read to the children, too, so the children get to know and love all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. This helps to extend children's vocabulary and comprehension, as well as supporting their writing.

In Key Stage One we continue to teach and develop the pupils' phonic skills through daily phonic sessions. These sessions also follow The Read Write Inc Programme and are interactive, fast paced and fun! In the summer term, the government asks us to do a phonics check of all Year 1 children. We will let you know how well your child has done at the end of the summer term.

We use a variety of books to ensure children read a wide range of texts and genres. We categorise our books using the Oxford Reading Tree organization of book levels. Children will work through these at their own pace until they become more confident independent readers and can choose 'free reading' books independently.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are here to help!

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