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 the phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’ as a method of learning letter sounds and blending them together to read and write words. As part of this, children have daily phonics sessions in small groups where they participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing needs. The teachers draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure children are stretched and challenged and to identify children who may need additional support. Children work through the different phases, learning and developing their phonics sounds and knowledge. The expectation is that by the end of EYFS, children have completed phase 4.
Moving into KS1, children continue with Letters and Sounds, moving onto phase 5, and also participate in whole class guided sessions where children are exposed to a range of different text types, genres and discrete teaching of each reading domain, following the mastery approach, which continue into KS2.
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.
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.