Letters and sounds and Jolly Phonics will be the core scheme taught in school. Phase 1- 2 in Nursery, Phase 2-4 in Reception, Phase 4-5 in Year 1 and Phase 6 in year 2. Key Stage 2 will provide intervention groups for children who are still not secure with Phases 1-6 and will focus recognition of all grapheme / phoneme representations through investigation and developing spelling patterns. The teaching of phonics will be supported by Get Reading Right and games and activities linked to Letters and Sounds.
In Nursery, children will have access to books and reading will begin in Reception with Big Cat as core scheme.
Our approach to reading and Phonics are:
- Key words will be taught with flash cards, games and reinforced with word boxes. Actions words will also be used to reinforce key words.
- Children will be given two books every time they read, one of which must be self selected in Key Stage One. Books will vary depending on the child in Key Stage Two
- 9 till 9.30am every morning will be designated time for guided reading and phonics sessions on a rotational basis.
- Staff in Key Stage One will also reinforce phonics on a daily basis for 15 minutes in free slots.
- Staff will provide shared reading with children at least three times each week especially in Key Stage One.
- Every teacher will also read a book/ novel to the children on a daily basis where possible.
- Where possible topics may be linked with books to expand the children’s exposure to books and a range of authors.
- Key Stage One teachers will hear children read individually between 12 and 12.30pm on a daily basis.
- In Key Stage One Lunchtime supervisors will hear children read from 12.45 to 1.15pm on a daily basis and each class will be allocated a lunchtime supervisor.
- A lunchtime supervisor will be allocated for an hour an day to test word boxes with the children in Reception.
- Every class will have a reading scrap book which will be filled with all the reading activities, authors, visits, book reviews that the children have experienced over the year.
- Key Stage 2 will have their personal reading journal in which they will list books read and their response to them.
- Each class will focus on an author which will be displayed centrally.
- Each class will have a reading area where children will have access to fiction, non-fiction books, magazine and comics and will promote reading for pleasure.
- Children in Key Stage One will have access to the library on a weekly basis with staff support. Children in Key Stage Two have free access to the library on Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes.
- Resources are available in school to support the teaching and learning of phonics.
- There are a variety of Fiction and Non Fiction texts for Guided Reading in Key Stage One and Two. All books are categorised b the Reading Bands.