Reading and Phonics

Foundation/Key Stage 1 

Children first learn their letter sounds and names then apply these to word building.  We use the synthetic phonic scheme, “Letters and Sounds”, as the basis for our teaching of phonics.  The children will also learn a variety of other key words by sight.

Children read individually, in small groups and as a whole class.  A variety of different genres are chosen at an appropriate level of ability for each group of children.  As well as being able to read the text, children are encouraged to discuss the content of the book, and their opinions about people, places and events are sought.  The more able readers will be asked about the varied themes of different texts.

Our core reading scheme is Bug Club. We supplement this with a huge variety of other literature including Oxford Reading Tree and Rapids Reading and Phonics. Teachers use these resources when they feel it will result in even more progress.

Key Stage 2

Through independent reading, shared reading in literacy lessons and cross-curricular sessions, guided reading groups and reading for pleasure, reading in Key Stage 2 develops and extends the skills acquired in Key Stage 1.  We use the Treetops Scheme in lower Key Stage 2 and 'Lexia' throughout Key Stage 2.  We also use Rigby Navigator and a wealth of reading resources, including the Rapids Scheme for pupils with SEN.

Children explore a wide variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction, which allows them to access, input ideas and understand what they are reading.  They are given opportunities to speculate on the tone and purpose of texts they explore as well as to consider both the themes and audience.

Over the last four years 95% of our children have reached or exceeded the required reading standard by the end of their primary education. Indeed in 2017, 43% were working at greater depth.