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Reading and Phonics

In Foundation Stage 1 children begin to learn single letter sounds and the accompanying Makaton action. There are lots of opportunities to develop good speaking and listening skills, identify and distinguish everyday sounds, play with sounds and rhyme, and share quality reading materials in large and small groups though big and small books and online. Every Wednesday children are encouraged to choose a library book to take home in their reading wallet. When these are returned staff share the book and give the child the opportunity to select a new book. A small notebook in the wallet is provided to encourage parents/carers to comment on the book their child has chosen.

In Foundation Stage 2 those early reading and phonics knowledge are built on. The school uses Letters and Sounds as a basis for phonics teaching. In September most children are ready to begin working at Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds; 'they will have experienced a wealth of listening activities, they will be able to distinguish between speech sounds and many will be able to blend and segment words orally... The purpose of this phase is to teach at least 19 letters, and move children on from oral blending and segmentation to blending and segmenting with letters. By the end of this phase many children should be able to read and spell some VC words (it, at, on, up) and some CVC words (man, pot, sit, cup, pen). They will also be taught to read some 'tricky words'; the, to, go, no. By the end of Foundation Stage 2 most children will have completed Phase 4 of Letters and Sounds. During the first week teachers will spend time with each child assessing their phonics knowledge and gauging their 'readiness for reading'. By the end of week 2 all children will have a matching game, a caption activity or a reading book to take home with their reading record. Teachers hear every child read each week, and Teaching Assistants hear identified children at specified times during the week. We encourage children to read with their grown up each evening, and parents/carers are asked to fill in their child's reading record to show this has happened and make a relevant comment. The reading books in Foundation Stage 2 are fully decodeable and linked with the letters and sounds the children are learning/have learnt. The reading schemes in place are Oxford Reading Tree (Floppy's Phonics, Project X) and Pearson's Comics for Phonics and Bug Club. As they are ready, in preparation for Key Stage 1, and to develop a wider range of reading skills, children move onto reading books that provide additional challenge. During the Autumn terms children in Foundation Stage 2 begin to access weekly Guided Reading sessions. These sessions are led by a Teacher or Teaching Assistant and give opportunities for groups of children of a similar reading ability to read the same book individually but as part of a group.

In Key Stage 1 the predominant reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. This is supplemented with Project X books, Comics for Phonics, Floppy's Phonics, Oxford Literacy Web and Songbirds. There is a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, and whilst children are encouraged to read Stages in order of sections it is important that they read books that they are interested in. Children are heard read by a Teacher or Teaching Assistant at least once a week, with identified children being heard read on a more frequent or even on a daily basis. All children will have a relevant reading book in their tray from the first day of term, this will have been selected from prior assessments. Children continue to be encouraged to read every evening and parents are asked to record this in their reading record. All children in Key Stage 1 take part in a weekly Guided Reading session. Guided Reading sessions form part of our literacy afternoon, usually on a Monday. During Year 1 and Year 2 it is expected that most children will complete Phase 6 of Letters and Sounds.

If you require any further information about any of the above please talk to me or a member of staff, or log onto:

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