Reading and Phonics

At All Saint’s CEVA Primary School, we prize reading as a “gateway” skill, one that opens up understanding in every area of the curriculum, as well as a hugely enjoyable activity that will give life-long pleasure and learning. We aim to nurture in the children a love of literature and language and the confidence to continue reading and writing throughout their lives.

From entry to school, children will be taught the tools to give them fluency, understanding and enjoyment of texts. Children use our in house levelled reading scheme and take home books to share with their parents. There is also a range of non reading scheme books to ensure children are familiar with a range and breadth of challenging books. Children take part in a weekly Guided Reading group session which includes targeted questioning and skills teaching.

Children also use their reading skills in every lesson and teachers provide opportunities within all subjects. There are plenty of books to support curriculum topics. Teachers read regularly to children in school, modelling reading and sharing stories, poems and information books. Teachers and children really enjoy sharing books and listening to class stories and novels, which provide opportunities to visualise, develop imagination and to learn new and rich vocabulary. In addition to promoting reading skills and reading for pleasure, listening to texts is an important stimulus for writing.

Adults may also hear the children read in school individually or in pairs. This adult may be the teacher, learning support assistant, parent helper or one of our Newmarket Community Reading Volunteers who come to listen to children read each week. We encourage parents to listen to their child read and share a book at home, least three times a week.
We also have books for older readers who are finding reading more challenging. Children really enjoy these as they are in comic book and play script formats!

In Early Years and Key Stage 1 children are taught phonics for a twenty minute session daily within their class. This is predominantly based on the Letters and Sounds Scheme which provides games and resources to support the teaching of phonics. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills, as well as prepare children to learn to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed programme for teaching phonic skills, with the aim of children becoming fluent readers by the age of seven.

Early Years also incorporates aspects of Jolly Phonics which is a multisensory approach using pictures, a songs and actions to help children learn each different sound. This is an effective and interactive way for young learners to recall phonemes.
Meetings are held for KS1 parents to explain how children learn to read using phonics. Children are given phonics packs based on Letters and Sounds phases, so parents can assist their children with learning phonics and common words at home.

In Key Stage 2, children who still require phonics teaching are taught using Letters and Sounds and the Support for Spellings Scheme.
If you would like to know more about reading, please contact the school office and ask for Mrs Jordan who will be able to give you more information.

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