Reading & Phonics

Key Stage One


Early Years and KS1 children experience daily phonics sessions. We follow the letters and sounds structure, which is also supported by Jolly Phonics and Floppy's Phonics books and activities.  Children take home tasks to support and reinforce letter sounds covered in class. Information about phonics and correct pronunciation of the sounds can be found here. 

Guided Reading

All children have an opportunity to access guided reading sessions at least twice per week, working on objectives within Early Learning Goals or the KS1 national curriculum.  Children have a reading record book to record when they read in school and with parents at home. In addition to this, children take Key Word books home containing the key words that they need to learn. This is checked in class on a weekly basis.  Reading comprehension activities may also be sent home as homework and will be followed up in school during guided reading sessions.

Although phonics is the predominant strategy for developing early reading skills, children are taught to use a range of strategies to understand a variety of texts.

Essential Skills:

* Phonics (sounds & spelling)

* Knowledge of context

* Word recognition and graphic knowledge

* Grammatical knowledge

Children select books from a carefully graded collection, matched to their reading ability. A range of reading schemes are available alongside different well known authors. A large range of Oxford Reading Tree texts are used. Through shared reading they are able to enjoy and experience more challenging texts.

The children in Foundation Stage experience a flexible way of learning, but at the same time, have a very structured approach in terms of phonics, guided reading, handwriting and a book focus.


Key Stage Two

In KS2 children select reading books form our lending library. Many collections are carefully graded for reading ability and the children are guided to the appropriate areas to select from. Guided reading sessions involve structured sessions which are teacher led as well as independent sessions which build on skills learnt in the teaching session.  The children have at least one adult-led session a week where comprehension skills are developed.  Selected children in Y3 and Y4 attend daily phonics sessions which are for those who still need focused support in their reading.  



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