Phonics & Reading Schemes
Reading – Vital for Education
Reading is a key aspect of your child’s learning in our school and we are committed to improving the literacy skills of all our pupils. Raising the profile of reading and encouraging reading for pleasure are so important for developing these skills.
Reading in School and at Home
Your child takes part in regular reading opportunities in class through individual, group and whole class reading.
Every pupil takes home a ‘home reading’ book which they are encouraged to read every night and are rewarded by their class teacher through SMART stamps, ‘Lucky Dips’ and even ‘Reading Raffles’.
Phonics is the ‘building blocks’ of reading and writing. In Reception, Key Stage 1 and early Key Stage 2, children take part in daily phonics sessions, where sounds and the basic skills for reading and writing are taught. We hold phonics workshops for our Year 1 parents, in which adults can learn and participate in phonics games alongside their child.
If you would like to learn more about phonics and how you can help your child, please open the documents below:
Pupils who are identified as needing a little more help with their reading and writing skills take part in the following intervention programmes:
Key Stage One – ELS (Early Literacy Support), Sounds Write and Direct Phonics.
Key Stage Two pupils – Project X Code
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes, there are regular ‘Drop Everything and Read’ times, which focus on reading for pleasure. Literacy lessons, as well as other subjects, are taught through year group novels, such as ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ and ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief’. ‘Reading Buddy’ lunch time sessions run twice a week, in which our Year 5 pupils support some of our Year 2 children, encouraging reading for pleasure, improving Year 2 reading skills as well as developing our older pupils’ understanding of reading.
Events Around Reading and Encouraging Enthusiasm
Every year, the school takes part in ‘World Book Day’ and ‘National Book Week’. Lessons are devoted to learning more about books, authors and poets. Pupils share their favourite books and enjoy dressing up as book characters for the day. A recent theme was ‘Who is your Hero?’ Children discussed their own real life heroes and heroic book characters, as well as reading ‘super hero’ books. A book fair visits once a year as part of Book Week, and money is raised for the school for further investment in reading.