Reading and Phonics
How are Phonics and Reading taught?
Our curriculum promotes a love of reading, through events, a wide range of teaching resources and texts to engage readers. In our independent learning environment, pupils continually use their reading skills to research and apply knowledge into their writing.
Buddy systems are set up to encourage and support younger readers. There are planned programmes for the teaching of phonics and reading across the school. Teaching matches the needs and ability of individual pupils that supports appropriate progression.
In Early Years and Key Stage 1 phonic skills are developed through highly focused, short daily sessions using the recommended synthetic phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’. The school offers opportunities for parents to attend phonics workshops in order to further increase understanding of the strategies used in school.
Reading books in school are organised so that they align to a progressive national, colour banded, and levelling system. The school offers a wide range of books including fiction, non-fiction and poetry within each colour band. The system supports the independent choice, by pupils, of reading books. All pupils are encouraged to take books home regularly and are able to change these as often as they wish. The school recognises and values the significant role of parents in further developing reading skills.