A love of books is encouraged with a wide range of texts. We appreciate that the complex coding system that is the English language requires interest in the subject matter to encourage perseverance.
Once children are interested in reading there is discrete teaching of phonics every day. Each 20 minute session focuses on a new sound or tricky word. There is plenty of practice and repetition to reinforce the learning, and practical application through sounding out and writing words. Letters and sounds are brought to life in the inclusive Jolly Phonics programme. Each sound has a song, action and story!
Before children learn to read words they need to learn to read clues from pictures. Books without words are used to encourage children to draw out clues to the story. This is an invaluable skill for decoding words later. Once the children know enough sounds for simple words then they are given short simple texts. Whilst these may seem straightforward to adults they are the ultimate puzzle to a child learning to read. Try to imagine reading a book in a foreign language when you only know a few words!
At this stage, children also start to take part in small group guided reading sessions with their teacher. The teacher models the next reading technique so that children can progress to the next level of text. Guided reading continues in all year groups.
Phonics teaching continues to the end of Year 2 when children will have learnt all 44 sounds and the key tricky words and sound families.
Reading enables children to access worlds beyond their own. Children are read to regularly and we encourage you to read to your children at home too.
“We read to know that we are not alone.” C.S. Lewis