We teach high quality phonics sessions, following the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. During daily half hour sessions children experience a wealth of listening activities, learn new grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) and revise and consolidate those learnt earlier. Alongside this knowledge of GPCs, pupils learn to develop the skill of blending the sounds into words for reading and establish the habit of applying this skill whenever they encounter new words. This is supported by practice in reading books consistent with their developing phonic knowledge and skill and their knowledge of common exception words. We also share and discuss a wide range of high quality books to develop a love of reading and broaden their vocabulary.
Interventions are in place for those pupils who find Phonics tricky and they are organised into sets to ensure teaching and learning is differentiated.
We follow the Oxford reading scheme but have a wide variety of home-reader books for children to choose from. These include a range of genres and progressively get harder as pupils make their way through the colour bands.
We also have a selection of Bug Club books that are used for Guided Reading sessions and higher up in the school Scholastic Connectors.