Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

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.

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-fiction texts as well as longer novels.   In Year 1 children take part in phonics reading sessions where phonic-decodable books are used to help children practise their blending skills. Vocabulary and comprehension questions are taught alongside this approach. In Term 3 of Year 2, hole 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.

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.

KS2 Recommended Reads 

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.


Reading and Phonics at Early Years

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!