Reading / Phonics
In Key Stage 1, we use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme for reading. It is recognised that children who read regularly at home make the most progress in reading. We would therefore encourage all children to read at home each evening from a variety of books and sources, and would ask that the reading record books are completed.
In Key Stage 2, children increasingly move from Oxford Reading Tree on to free readers. These are monitored by the class teacher to ensure pupils are choosing appropriate books that they will understand and enjoy. Juniors are asked to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each evening. We recognise that as they get older many children like to read independently, however, periodic reading aloud enables parents to ask their child questions about their chosen book and so still share in the experience.
We use Read, Write Inc to teach children letter sounds. This is a phonics scheme that is used throughout the infant department and is delivered most mornings.
Year 1 Phonics Screening
At the end of Year 1, your child will sit a Phonics Screening test to check their understanding of sounds through their ability to decode and blend real and pseudo (made up) words. The pass rate for this test changes each year and is not given to school until the Phonics Screening is completed. If your child does not pass the Phonics Screening check, they will continue with Read, Write Inc. in Year 2 and will sit the check again at the end of Year 2.