Phonics and Reading
We use the Sounds~Write phonics scheme alongside Letters and Sounds. It is a quality first phonics programme and is acknowledged by the DfE as meeting all its criteria for an effective phonics teaching programme.
We develop key skills in phonics to support the fluency of reading and writing words. These include opportunities to decode, blend and segment words as well as develop their knowledge of high frequency words.
Whole Class Reading
We believe that children learn to read if they are given exciting texts. We use a variety of reading schemes which allow children to develop a range of strategies when they are reading. Our schemes are linked to the phonics that children are learning. We focus on teaching our children key skills in reading. These include: Vocabulary development, Inference, Prediction, Explaining, Retrieval and summarising. Our children will use a range of strategies to support reading. We work hard to finding the right set of books for each child. Books are sent home weekly and are changed regularly. Parents are encouraged to spend time hearing their child reading at home.
Love of Reading
We really encourage a love of reading. Classrooms have inviting book corners and staff and children share books that they enjoy reading. Children are encouraged to read widely and often. We have an annual Book Fair and Book Week where we enthuse children further to develop their love of and interest in reading a wide variety of texts.