Our Phonics and Reading Scheme
The school aims to develop literate pupils who:
- Read with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct
- Understand the sound and spelling system and use this to read accurately
- Have an interest in a wide range of texts and read for enjoyment and information
- Have an interest in words and their meaning
- Understand a range of text types and genres
- Evaluate and justify their preferences
- Develop powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
The school teaches reading through a combination of approaches:
- Whole class shared reading.
- Listening to books together.
- Guided reading in groups with the teacher.
- Supported reading in groups with TAs.
- Independent reading at school and at home.
- Introducing the work of different authors as role models.
- Discreet daily phonics sessions in Reception, Year One and Two. Sessions are planned for by the class teacher and last 20- 30 minutes. In class, phonics is differentiated and is delivered in small groups by the class teacher and TAs and a variety of schemes are used including, Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics.
Support for Spelling
- From Year Two upwards, when the children are ready to move on from phase 5 phonics, they are taught Support for Spelling three times weekly. This is planned for by the class teacher and delivered by the teachers and TAs.
- Across Reception and KS1, we use Rigby Star guided reading texts. We have a wide selection of all levels. We also use Phonics Bug text to support reading.
- For individual reading and reading at home, we use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme from stages 1 to 9. This is complemented by a quality text by an author suitable for their age group. When children have finished these stages, they move on to free choice of book banded texts.
- In KS2 we have a wide selection of reading books in sets for Guided Reading. Teachers also use a wide range of resources, such as excerpts from websites such as ‘Literacy Shed’ or newspaper excerpts from publishers such as ‘First News’.