READING and PHONICS

School reading progression

Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.

We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we work hard to make sure children develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.

We start by teaching phonics in Reception using the Letters and Sounds programme with Jolly Phonics. Children learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well.

The children also practise reading (and spelling) ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.

See the government spelling program and word lists here.

Once children can blend sounds together to read words, they practise reading books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start to believe they can read and this does wonders for their confidence.

Teachers regularly read to the children, too, so the children get to know and love all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. This helps to extend children’s vocabulary and comprehension, as well as supporting their writing.

Throughout the years children work with others who have the same reading level during guided reading. This enables the teacher to constantly review the level of their reading and signpost the children to the correct banded or independent level book. Children will move to a different group if they are making faster progress or may have one-to-one support if we think they need some extra help. During guided reading sessions the children have a wide selection of reading materials to choose from and projects linked to reading, with reward systems for encouragement.

How long will it take to learn to read well?

Every child is different and  children will learn to read at different speeds.  By the end of Year 2, most children will be able to read aloud books that are at the right level for his or her age. In Year 3  and beyond, we concentrate more on helping children to understand what they are reading, although this work begins very early on.

In the summer term of Year 1, the government asks us to do a phonics check of all the children.  We will let you know how your child has done.  Children who do not pass the phonics check in Year 1 retake the assessment during Year 2 to ensure that they have made progress.  If your child is a candidate for this, then we will let you know in advance and also feedback the findings.

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