Phonics and Reading
Phonics and Spelling
Both schools use the "Letter and Sounds" programme for phonics. This is a nationally recognised scheme and is complemented with resources from Jolly Phonics and Phonics Bug. Children work through the phonic phases as appropriate and are assessed regularly.
In Reading, pupils have access to a variety of books from a range of reading schemes and including a wealth of authors to support children with their reading skills. This is because children learn to read in different ways. Schemes used in school include Bug Club, Rapid Reading, Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cats Phonics, Rigby Star and Project X. Many of our reading schemes are based on phonetic decoding although they often focus on key words which can only be read by sight recognition. We even have books with no words at all so that pupils can begin to understand stories through observing the illustrations. Once the class teacher is happy with a pupil's reading and comprehension of books within a stage they will progress to the next stage.
At both schools we believe in developing a love of reading and storytelling, and understand the importance of developing reading skills from an early age. Children are listened to by a variety of adults, including their class teacher, classroom assistants and volunteer readers. Children are able to change their own reading books once a book is completed, although they are encouraged to read a range of genres to enable them to think about the structure and features of a text type. They also have access to mobile library bus and can borrow books to share at home.