Reading & Phonics
We teach phonics through the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme. This is taught in small groups, 4 times a week in Key Stage 1 and daily in Foundation Stage. In Key Stage 2 phonics is taught in intervention groups where appropriate.
Reading is the heart of our curriculum. All children will experience reading as a part of their school day in a range of ways. In Key Stage 1 and 2, children will experience weekly ‘Guided Reading’ sessions with an adult based on a text they share as a group. Literacy lessons are text-based and all classes have focus texts which they will study throughout the year. These range from traditional tales up to ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ in Year 6. Have a look at the class pages to see what these are for each year group!
Children will also each have a ‘Home Reader’. This is a book that is taken home from school and can be read at home. Your child will also be given a 'Bug Club' account which will enable them to access reading books online.
Below are some ideas of how to support your child’s reading at home…
Retell the story!
Use Bug Club.
Talk about the pictures.
Use reading to inspire drawings or new stories.
Play I Spy games. Can you find words beginning with ….? Can you find a picture of a …? How many ….can you see?
Enjoy reading together. Give characters funny voices and engage with the pictures.
Ask questions about the story as you read it e.g. What is the story about? Why do you think they made that choice? Was it a good choice? Why did that happen? What do you think will happen next? What was your favourite part of the story? Why?