Reading and Phonics

 Reading and Phonics – High priority is given to the teaching of reading and phonics as these two areas underpin all other curriculum areas.

Reading is taught on a daily basis through a range of strategies. It is taught in such a way that the children enjoy books stories and poems and develop a love of literature. The children have stories and novels or poetry read aloud to them every day and many of the reading activities are related to the current class story. In the last two years our school has adopted the Power of Reading approach to enable reading to have an even higher priority in the curriculum. Writing and reading activities are linked to enable children to see the connection and writing activities are cross curricular wherever possible.

We place great emphasis on hearing the children read individually. In the infants children are heard to read by an adult every day or twice per week depending on their reading ability. In the juniors children are still heard to read aloud weekly depending on their ability or individual need. Guided group reading is taught on a weekly basis. We always ensure that parents and families are aware of the reading progress through a home school reading diary. Parents can make comments in this book and it is beneficial to both parents and staff.

Phonics is taught on a daily basis in Key stage 1. Phonics is divided into six phases; phase one being the first phase and six being the most difficult. The children are directly taught phonics for 15 minutes every day. All staff have been trained to teach phonics in school. In Year 3, phonics is taught on a daily basis for those children who still need to develop their skills in this area. We work from variety of schemes including Letters and Sounds.

An annual meeting is held in the evening for parents and families to attend to find out more about how we teach phonics in school.

The Anderton Reading Scheme

Our reading scheme begins in the EYFS and offers a structured programme for all pupils up to Year 6. We have an extensive collection of books made up primarily of texts from the Oxford Reading Tree and Collins which are all colour banded and levelled.

Each pupil follows a carefully levelled programme which allows the teaching staff to monitor their progress. Within the scheme we have extension books from a variety of publishers to allow the pupils to broaden their experience of reading. Every effort has been made to cover the requirements of “Letters and Sounds” and to offer a wide range and choice of fiction and non-fiction texts. In KS2 to encourage children further they are able to choose additional books from a wide selection of genres.

Pupils work steadily through the scheme with support from parents and adults at home. Staff are able to make decisions allowing more rapid progress or when additional support may be needed.


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Sounds of the English Phonic Code