Reading and Phonics
At OANO we believe Reading is crucial to developing children’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world, as well as their mental and emotional wellbeing. We also know that children who read well are more likely to be successful at school which is why we aim for every child to develop a love of reading. The programme we use to teach reading in EYFS and Key Stage 1 is called Letters and Sounds. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. It follows 5 phases starting with the easiest letters and sounds and gradually working through the whole alphabet.
In KS2, each class has a list of ‘Recommended Reads’ which are high-quality books that have been picked specifically to match children’s interests and to develop their vocabulary. These are available in each classroom and are updated every year.
We also run a number of interventions if children need help to become secure readers such as Rapid Phonics, Precision Teaching and BRP.
Should you have any concerns or worries about your child’s reading progress please speak with your child’s class teacher or Mrs Webb (Reading and Phonics Lead) who will be happy to help.
We have put together a video for you about phonics and reading in Bear class. It is 15 minutes long so please grab a cuppa and watch it through as it will help you understand how we teach reading and how you can support at home. Any questions then please add as a comment on Tapestry. We hope you enjoy!