Our approach to phonics and reading

Foundation/Key Stage 1

Children first learn their letter sounds and names then apply these to word building. We use both Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics as the basis for our teaching of phonics. These are both recognised as synthetic phonic schemes. The children will also learn a variety of other key words by sight.

Children read individually, in small groups and as a whole class. A variety of different genres are chosen at an appropriate level of ability for each group of children. As well as being able to read the text, children are encouraged to discuss the content of the book and their opinions about people, places and events are sought. The more able readers will be asked about the varied themes of different texts.

Our core reading scheme is The Oxford Reading Tree. This is supplemented by various other schemes which enrich our reading provision and provide a varied ‘literary diet’ for our pupils.

Key Stage 2

Through independent reading, shared reading in literacy lessons and cross-curricular sessions, guided reading groups and reading for pleasure, reading in Key Stage 2 develops and extends the skills acquired in Key Stage 1.

Children explore a wide variety of genre, both fiction and non-fiction which allows them to access, input ideas and understand what they are reading. They are given opportunities to speculate on the tone and purpose of texts they explore as well as consider both the texts’ themes and audience.

We have a wide range of high quality texts which both stretch and excite our pupils. Specific books have been purchased to interest both boys and girls. We also have a selection of high interest, low ability readers materials.

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