We use a systematic, synthetic phonics approach to ensure that all children are given a solid base which can be built on as they progress through the school. This also helps children to develop the habit of reading as widely and as often as possible, for both information and for enjoyment. To teach phonics, we use Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds which is supplemented by additional teaching resources where appropriate (such as Phonics Play and Twinkl) to ensure all milestones are met securely by the end of Year 2.
Once children have completed our phonics programme, reading remains at the heart of our curriculum. Reading is taught in a variety of ways including: whole class reading sessions, comprehension lessons as well as specific targeted intervention work.
All children, across the key stages, read regularly at school and are encouraged to continue this avid reading at home. Whilst children make their way through the colour banded reading levels, books are correctly matched to their current phase of phonological learning and reviewed by experienced members of staff regularly. On the completion of the coloured levels, children progress to ‘free reader’ status which allows them to choose books carefully matched to their age-related standard, both appropriate in structure and content.