Phonics and Reading
How We Teach Phonics and Reading
As your child establishes their early reading skills, we use Read Write Inc. books for daily phonics lessons in school. These books are specifically designed for children to practise the phonics sounds they have been taught in order to develop fluency. In addition, we use the Oxford Reading Tree, supplemented by other books, to teach reading at school and to practise at home. Your child will begin to bring a reading book home in their book bag at some point in Class 1 and this will continue throughout school.
We use Read Write Inc. as a co-ordinated phonics resource throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. This has been very successful in ensuring high standards in phonics and reading. The children then access a structured spelling course as they move through school. Read Write Inc. is supplemented by other programmes such as Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Reading Rescue. Toe by Toe and multi sensory programmes, where appropriate, particularly to meet the needs of children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities. Some Junior children access Learning Support programmes and then the READ programme (Rotherham Enhanced Action for Dyslexia) which addresses specific literacy needs as part of the graduated response to supporting pupils. Where children face challenges, we create bespoke programmes to meet their needs. Our ultimate aim is for all children to become independent readers so that they can foster a lifelong love of reading and access the broader curriculum, thereby becoming ready for secondary school success.
Please see these helpful videos for parents and carers to support early reading: