Reading and Phonics
Phonics, Spelling and Grammar
All the children in school have a 20 minute daily phonics / spelling and grammar lesson. The children are placed into groups that promote learning for their next stage of development, this means that some children may be learning alongside children from another class. All the adults in school have their own group. We use 'Letters and Sounds' to scaffold the childrens' learning in phonics (mainly for children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One) and we use 'Support for Spelling' and our own progressive spelling scheme to scaffold the childrens' spelling development in Key Stage 2.
The children have opportunities to read every day during the week, either independently or with an adult. There are focussed guided reading sessions during the week for Key Stage 1 lasting between 20-30 minutes, whereby children use a range of texts from the Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Navigators book schemes (among some others). The teacher plans focussed reading activities for every group during this session. In Key Stage 2, children are taught a focussed reading session at least once weekly where they learn specific reading skills to apply during tasks.
There is a vast range of books within each classroom library and also the main school library, with a variety of titles to suit all interests. All children receive a home reading book and work through a band scheme. To encourage home reading, children participate in a Racing to Read competition whereby one child in each class, who has read the most often each half term, receives a book of their choice and the class with the highest reading score in each key stage also receives a book for their class library.