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Phonic & Reading Schemes

What is Phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes, identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as 'sh' or 'oo'  and then blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

Children can then use this knowledge to 'de-code' new words that they hear or see. This is the first improtant step in learning to read.

How we do this in school

  •   We use the teaching sequence in the letters and sounds program to introduce and teach the sounds.

  •   Phonics is taught daily in year R, and 3 times a week in year 1&2.

  •   Ruth Miskin (Read Write Inc) is used as a phonics intervention program.

  •   The national phonics screen is taken by all children in year 1 during a specified week in June; and any children who did not take the test or did not pass the test in year 1 will retake it again in year 2.

Reading

  •   The children have group guided reading at least once a week with the class teacher, and may also read with a teaching assistant or parent helper.

  •   The children read books matched to their phonic ability and are taught how use the text to answer comprehension questions.

  •   Every child has access to the Bug Club website, where they can read books at home, which are again matched to their phonic ability.