Phonics & Reading
In school, we teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme, supported by the use of the Ruth Miskin's 'Read Write Inc' rhymes and strategies. We supplement this teaching further by using actions, stories, songs and games. As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practise by reading texts which are decodable and their reading experiences are further enriched by reading books which are banded according to reading level.
As children develop a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, our banded books which come from various published schemes including Rigby Stars, Oxford Reading Tree and other publishers, further support the children's reading. It is designed to give the children experience of a variety of different styles of writing and authors. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level.
To encourage our children's reading, we base much of our Literacy learning around quality children's texts which seek to immerse and enthuse children with a love of reading and books. Books are shared with the class by their teacher to encourage this further.
In addition, our Reading Champion teacher encourages a love of books by organising: World Book Week Events, a book swap scheme in our foyer, an interactive book display for children to engage with, a book shop with a parent (every Tuesday near Cherry Class) as well as a Volunteer Reading network. We also have an author of the term and provide books by this author for teachers to share with their class. Each year parents are invited to attend a welcome meeting in which our approach to phonics and reading are shared.
We also support the summer time reading initiatives by the Library Service.