Reading and Phonics
Reading is very important - children who read well are more likely to be successful at school. The programme we use to teach reading in Key Stage 1 is called Phonics Bug. 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.
From Key Stage 1 children are introduced to good quality texts through Power of Reading. Books used in class are picture books, fiction and non texts as well as longer novels. Whole class teaching of reading is used to teach key skills such as scanning and skimming as well as inference and comprehension.
Many awards are given for reading in order to recognise the dedication and the hard work of the children on their journey to becoming a great reader. During the early development of reading from Reception to Year 3, children are given books marks to celebrate how many books they have read. We encourage children to read at home at least 5 times a week and we reward the class that reads the most with a 'Bookworm of the Week' award in our weekly celebration assembly
We run a number of interventions if children need help to become secure readers. Clear banded books based upon the reading recovery levels allow you and your child to recognise and celebrate the progress being made in this vital area. Should you have any concerns or worries about your child’s reading progress please speak with your child’s class teacher or Mrs Webb (English Lead) who will be happy to help.