Early reading is taught primarily through daily, 20 minute systematic synthetic phonics sessions, which teaches children the connections between letters and sounds, and how to read by 'decoding' and 'synthesising' sounds to make words. We provide a rich literary environment, and many opportunities for these skills to be practices throughout the school day. These sessions take place in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. We continually assess the children, and provide additional support when necessary. In Year 1, the children's ability to read by 'sounding out' is tested by a Government Phonics Screening test. Those children who fall below the national standard receive phonics intervention, and are then re-tested in Y2.
We use 'The Oxford Reading Tree' as a basis of our reading scheme which is also supplemented by a range of books at an appropriate 'level', which, in the early stages provides children with the opportunity to practice their new phonics skills. In the older years, the books help develop fluency in reading, and more complex story lines and detail, help develop comprehension skills.
Older and more able readers are no longer learning to read, but reading to learn. We give every opportunity for children to practice and develop their skills through regularly reading to adults, shared reading sessions, as well as daily 'reciprocalreading'. We ask that our parents encourage their children to read a variety of books at home.