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Phonics & Reading

Phonics

How do we teach phonics?

At Ravensfield, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme for teaching phonics. This begins in Nursery where children develop their listening skills and learn to distinguish between different sounds. We use songs, rhymes and games to develop their skills.

As children progress through the Letters and Sounds programme, they learn to blend and segment the sounds in words to help them to read and spell. They start to link written letters with the sounds.

From Reception onwards, phonics is taught through a daily 20 minute session in ability groups. The children are encouraged to apply their skills through follow-up activities and through literacy activities linked to the curriculum.

Assessment, monitoring and recording

The children’s progress in developing and applying their phonic skills is assessed and recorded at regular intervals.

Towards the end of the final term, children in Year 1 are required to take the Phonic Screening Check. This assessment determines whether the children have reached the expected standard. The result in communicated to parents. Children who fail are expected to retake the check at the end of Year 2. These children will receive extra support to enable them to catch up.

You can download our guide to phonics below. More information can be sought by contacting your child’s class teacher.

Reading

As an Every Child a Reader school, we know that the greatest gift we can give a child is the ability to read. Ensuring that every child becomes the best reader they can be, is central to our curriculum.

At Key Stage 1, there is great emphasis on the teaching of phonics and reading so that reading skills are developed rapidly. At Key Stage 1, our colour banded reading scheme is comprised of books from: Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy’s phonics, Rigby Star, Lighthouse and Big Cat.

At Key Stage 2, we extend and develop each child's reading comprehension through focused reading sessions. At any stage, when children experience difficulties with learning to read, they may be given extra support with our reading recovery teacher, or one of our teaching assistants. Across the whole school, class story is a treasured time of day which is central to developing an interest in children’s literature and the life long habit of reading for pleasure.

Children are expected to practise reading at home on a daily basis. The teaching of reading is carefully structured and pupils are helped and guided towards suitable reading material. Reading with parents should include reading aloud as well as discussions about the text read. As the pupils go through the school, they are given more responsibility for this choice in reading as they develop their knowledge of the literature available. The school has a central library where pupils benefit from good quality reading materials, both fiction and non-fiction. All class rooms have their own reading corners with a half termly focus on variety of suitable authors.

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