Early Reading

Phonics

The Letters and Sounds scheme of work is used to teach phonics. When pupils first enter Foundation Stage, a phonics baseline assessment is carried out. Pupils are then grouped for phonics according to the phase they are working on. There is a phonics input every day for 20 mins. Phonics groups are revised each half term guided by teacher assessment.

In Year 1, pupil’s phonics knowledge is assessed and they are grouped according to the phase they are working on. Phonics lessons take place every day for 20 mins in groups. A practice phonics screening takes place each half term, which informs teachers of the sounds pupils need to work on and any changes to phonics groups. This also helps prepare pupils for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check at the end of the year.

In Year 2, pupils continue to have daily phonics lessons for 15 mins as a whole class to embed and apply their phonics knowledge. Those pupils that did not pass the Phonics Screening Check in Year 1, continue to receive small group support and are re-tested using the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check at the end of the year.

 

Reading

When pupils first enter Foundation Stage, a reading baseline assessment is carried out. This assessment, combined with the phonics assessment, is used to select an appropriate book colour band for each pupil. A book from this band, which matches their phonics phase, is used for individual reading in school and at home. Books are taken home daily and changed at least once a week or more regularly if required. Pupils read with a teacher or T.A. at least once a week. A reading record is used for parents and teachers to record when reading has taken place and any relevant comments. Teachers use their professional judgement to decide when children are ready to progress to the next colour band. Alongside individual reading, there is a daily whole class Reading session, where pupils engage in book talk, build vocabulary and answer questions verbally. There is also a story time at the end of every day.

In KS1, pupils continue to progress through the colour banded books that match their phonics phase. A colour banded book is taken home daily and pupils continue to read with a teacher or T.A. at least once a week, with books changed regularly. Individual reading is recorded in the pupil’s reading record. Pupils also take home a book of their choice from the school library. A whole class reading lesson takes place 3 times a week for 30 mins, in which pupils develop their reading skills through studying a whole class text, answering questions and completing tasks. A reading morning in which parents can read with their child in the classroom takes place once a week during Term 1.