Phonics & Reading

Phonics and Reading Schemes

In school we teach using the Letters and Sounds programme, supported by the use of Jolly Phonics kinaesthetic actions and stories.  Each child will experience dedicated phonics or grammar teaching for 20 minutes every day at their own developmental 'Phase' of learning.

As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practise by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them from the Rigby Star Phonics, Phonics Bug and Floppy Phonics Schemes.

Once children have a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, they access our book banded reading scheme which has books from various published schemes like The Oxford Reading Tree. This is designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level. In addition, children access Reading Eggs, an online reading programme, at home and at school.

All children are encouraged to select books from the classroom, library or home to share with their parents to encourage a love of reading.

Once children can read fluently and with good understanding, they self-select books for independent reading from the school library or from home.

The school has high expectations for pupils to read at home. We ask that a child reads at home a minimum of 3 times per week in KS1 and 5 times per week in KS2

We try to do as much as we can to establish good working relationships between home and school so we can all work together to raise all pupils standards.