Phonics and Reading
Reading is incredibly important and is a focus even before children start with us: we enrol each child to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library on pre-nursery home visits where families receive a free book each month until the age of 5. Reading is continued to be promoted in EYFS with regular ‘Booknics’ where parents are encouraged to come into school and share a picnic and a book with their child, and parents’ phonics workshops are also regularly held in school by the Local Authority where parents can take materials home with them.
We use a validated Department for Education complete systematic synthetics phonics (SSP) programme. We use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised (2021) SSP. We follow their progression, planning and teaching delivery and methods to ensure our children learn to read as quickly as reasonably possible. This in turn means that children can then use their reading skills to support the rest of their learning.
To further develop reading, we have bought into 2 online reading programmes: Reading Eggs which also incorporates Fast Phonics to support our readers in EYFS, KS1 and those who needs extra support in KS2. In KS2, we use Reading Plus, which has been designed to promote fluency and comprehension skills to enable our children to become successful readers.
Early Reading and Phonics Parent Meeting PowerPoint
Parent and Carers Guide to Pronouncing Phonemes
It is really important that the sounds are said clearly and without any other sound attached. When sounds are not said correctly, it can confuse children and they can sometimes struggle to put the sounds together to make the word.
Phase 2 Sounds
How we teach blending
How we teach tricky words
Quick guide to alien words
How to share books online
Sharing a book with a child is fun! It's a time for closeness, laughing and talking together – and it can also give children a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers.
If you’re not feeling confident about reading aloud or sharing books, don’t worry – there’s no right or wrong way to enjoy a story together. But if you’d like some tips, here are a few pointers to help you out.