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Phonics

We use the 'Jolly Phonics' pictures and actions as they have proved to be the most effective in enabling children to learn their sounds and retain them.

We use 'Letters and Sounds' as our guide document for phonics. The sounds are introduced in sets during the first term of Reception, with emphasis on children quickly becoming able to read words containing the sounds they have learned. We follow Phonics Play plans, making use of interactive resources and practical activities. Children begin to blend words using these phonemes in their phonics sessions and apply this to their reading.

Parents are introduced to phonics terminology through a glossary in the front of their child's reading record. We encourage parents to use terms like 'blend' when hearing their child read at home.

Parents of Reception children are regularly updated via Tapestry (online learning journey) with the phonics sounds that are being learned in class.

In Reception and Year 1, the children continue to learn from the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme, along with Phonics play resources. They spend time in Year 1, working towards the phonics screening test and allowing time to use their sounds in their writing.

In Year 2, phonics combines with SPAG to help children to use the skills they have learnt so far with more advanced features of writing and spelling.

Reading

As children begin to understand and develop their phonics knowledge, they begin to use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme (Floppy Phonics). This provides the children with a framework for reading which continues through the school, until children are fluent readers.

We follow a sixteen stage scheme of reading. Children work through the stage books at their own pace whilst being challenged and encouraged to improve. Once a child completes Stage sixteen, they become a 'free reader'. This means that they are able to chose their books indpendently and away from the more structured scheme.

Teachers, Teaching Assistants and adult helpers regularly hear readers. Children will read in school every week with an adult. They are encouraged to regularly read aloud with someone at home too.

At school, the children's reading will be monitored and assessed to ensure that they are making progress, gaining fluency, pace, volume and comprehension. Teachers will monitor the books that children are reading to make sure that the text is suitable for their level of need. They also assess children against key performance indicators for reading. This is done at the end of each half term.

Children take part in guided reading sessions in school. This involves a small group of children reading the same text together and can be a valuable way improve comprehension and encourages active discussion about a book.

The Library

We have our own library in school. It is only small but houses a fantastic range of fiction and non-fiction books! Every week, the children are given a chance to browse the library and borrow a book of their choice.