Reading and Phonics

Teaching Phonics and Reading

Children are taught phonics through the 'Letters and Sounds' programme.

From Reception to year 2 children are taught phonics through actions, songs and stories.  The children are grouped to cater for individual needs. The phonics teaching helps the children in their early stages of reading to use their phonics to sound out new and unfamiliar words.

In Key Stage 2 the children are sometimes working using the final phases of the Letters and Sounds programme after which they move on to learn about grammatical structures and spelling patterns from the National Curriculum.

Reading Schemes

In Reception and Key Stage One, the children work through the Oxford Reading Tree scheme of books. When they enter Key Stage Two, the children continue with the Oxford Reading Tree, where necessary, until they are ready to become 'Free Readers'. At this stage, children are allowed to select from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. They can choose these from their classroom collections or by visiting the library, where they are supported by an adult in making appropriate choices. This approach ensures children have the opportunity to read across a variety of genres and authors; helping them to develop a passion for books and assisting them in becoming lifelong readers.