Reading & Phonics
Foundation/Key Stage 1
Children first learn their letter sounds and names then apply these to word building.
We use both Letters and Sounds as the basis for our teaching of phonics. This is
recognised as a synthetic phonic schemes. The children will also learn a variety of
other key words by sight.
Children read individually, in small groups and as a whole class. A variety of
different genres are chosen at an appropriate level of ability for each group of
children. As well as being able to read the text, children are encouraged to discuss
the content of the book, and their opinions about people, places and events are
sought. The more able readers will be asked about the varied themes of different
Our core reading scheme is The Oxford Reading Tree. We supplement this with a
huge variety of other literature. Teachers use these resources when they feel it will
result in even more progress.
Key Stage 2
Through independent reading, shared reading in literacy lessons and cross-curricular
sessions, guided reading groups and reading for pleasure, reading in Key Stage 2
develops and extends the skills acquired in Key Stage 1.
Children explore a wide variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction which allows
them to access, input ideas and understand what they are reading. They are given
opportunities to speculate on the tone and purpose of texts they explore as well as to
consider both the themes and audience.
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