PHONICS AND EARLY READING
There is a daily phonics session taught in our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 classes in accordance with the Letters and Sounds document. This provides a synthetic and systematic approach to the teaching of phonics and supports both the develoment of children’s reading and writing skills. In our Reception class we additionally use resources from Jolly Phonics to provide a multisensory approach to learning. Children in Key Stage 2 who have not yet acquired the necessary skills, or who are not yet secure in applying them independently, take part in focussed teaching groups.
Currently pupils are taught within the phase that is appropriate to their level of learning in their own classes. They are assessed regularly and groupings are sorted accordingly. In Key Stage 1 and 2 weekly spellings are based on the current week’s teaching and contain both tricky and decodable words.
We work in partnership with our parents to support the development of all children’s reading skills. In addition to daily reading opportunities in the classroom children also take home books to share with their families. These books follow our phonics and tricky word teaching. We use a combination of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat Collins, Rigby Rocket and Stars, Story World and Project X.