Literacy

Reading schemes

The school has a colour banded reading scheme with a range of books within each band.  The class teacher makes the decision as to how the children move through this scheme, based on a variety of factors (e.g. ability, confidence, frequency of practice).  We very much believe in strong home school links and welcome the support given at home.  Your child will have a reading record book which is a communication book for home and school.  As well as listening to and supporting your child with the book they bring home, please do continue to read stories to them and encourage them to read all kinds of texts.

 

Phonics

Phonics is taught daily in all classes and is the backbone of reading and writing.  The school uses the 'Jolly Phonics' scheme in Reception (Pandas).  From Year 1 upwards, the children are taught using a scheme called 'Sounds Write' and the guidance within the new curriculum, ensuring that the requirements for phonics within each year group are covered.  Children take part in DfE assessments at the end of Year 1. Once children progress beyond the need for the scheme, they focus purely on spelling patterns.

Click here for a demonstration of the sounds.  There is also a Sounds Write app available for the IPad.  The first part is free.