In the Nursery and Reception classes, when staff feel the time is right and the children have acquired enough of the initial sounds in phonics, the children are presented with a book to read. This is often very exciting! The children and their grown ups are shown what to do by the teachers so they can replicate this at home.
The children in Foundation and Key Stage One are taught to read individually once a week. Some children may get some additional reading practice should we deem it necessary in order to aid their progress. The children’s books are carefully selected by staff so that their reading and phonic ability are closely matched. Our main book scheme in school is 'Bug Club' but we do have a range of resources and reading materials, as we recognise that one scheme will not fit all types of learners.
Each child is assessed regularly using ‘Running Records’ to establish whether a book is at the right level for the child’s ability. The children will also receive sound cards and/or some high frequency or tricky words to learn alongside their book. The teachers will show families how to play games using the cards. ‘Wonderful Words’ are introduced from Nursery to Year 2 to develop and extend the children’s understanding and use of complex vocabulary.
Phonics is a huge and vital part of early reading. Please visit our phonics section of the website for more information, useful videos for parents and websites to access with your child.