The children learn to progress from basic letter sounds to more complex phonological knowledge through our synthetic phonics approach, “Letters and Sounds”.
From Early Years the children are taught phonics in daily 20 minute sessions. They begin with letter sounds for hearing and saying, followed by reading and writing. This then continues into Key Stage 1.
Activities are creatively differentiated to meet individual needs, with regular assessment and tracking of progress. At the end of Year 1, the children are required by law to undertake a Phonics Screening Check to meet a required standard. If this standard is not met the Check will be retaken at the end of Year 2.
Due to the wide range of needs and abilities, if needed, the children continue to learn phonics into Key Stage 2 to fill any phonological gaps they may have.
Throughout the school we actively encourage the children to become independent readers and to develop a love of books. Our core reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree although we use other supporting schemes, such as Rigby Star, for consolidating and extending reading where necessary, graded according to National Book Banding.
The children progress from reading pictures at the beginning of Early Years, which establishes early comprehension skills and a love of books, onto books with words once they are ready. The children then progress through the book bands with support and encouragement. Once the children are secure in their comprehension skills and are confident readers they are able to become Free Readers. As a Free Reader a child is able to choose any book of interest from a wide range of genres.