The school rigorously and systematically follows the synthetic phonic programme, Letters and Sounds. We also supplement this with additional sessions to cover new elements in reading and writing in light of the new national curriculum. The children receive daily discrete phonic teaching at their age related level in all classes from Nursery through to Year 2. In addition to this, phonic intervention groups deliver targeted support for those children working at a lower than expected level from Reception to Year 2. KS2 teachers use national curriculum expectations and national strategy resource to teach reading and spelling at age related levels across KS2. KS2 children also receive Letter and Sounds phonics intervention to address gaps in their phonic knowledge in small targeted intervention groups/1:1. KS2 teachers and TAs continue to use strategies from Letters and Sounds to support reading and writing in classes. All teachers and TAs have regular training to develop their knowledge of the Letters and Sounds and its application.
All children across both key stages receive timetabled guided reading sessions each week. A variety of reading schemes are available to the children for example Rigby Star, Pelican and Oxford Reading Tree. These include fully decodable, fiction and non-fiction and some high interest, low ability books. Book bands are used to level the books and to link them to Letters and Sounds phonic phases. At Key Stage 2, teachers use book banded books, short reads and also longer chapter books to support the teaching of reading. Teachers also use examples of real texts, such as recipes, news reports and poetry to provide broad and balanced reading experiences.
All teachers and TAs have training on guided reading strategies such as effective questioning techniques, linking questions to the reading AFs and writing assessment comments. Individual and Home Reading. The children use a range of reading scheme books as individual and home readers. Phonics match funding was used to add more decodable fiction and non-fiction books. Parents are encouraged to hear their children read at home and phonics workshops have been provided to support reading at home for children in Reception/KS1.
Children also have access to a well stocked library where they can choose both fiction and non-fiction texts to take home and share. There are also a developing number of dual language books to support EAL readers. The library has recently been audited by the schools library service, and significant investment in stock used to buy high interest and reading for pleasure books aimed at both KS1 and 2 children, in particular boys.
Stock is labelled to enable independent choice.
Phonic knowledge is tracked through EYFS and KS1, and used effectively to identify the need for phonic intervention. APP and national curriculum levels are used to assess reading through KS1 and KS2. The school has a lead role in developing cluster school moderation sessions for FS, Year 2 and Year 6 and recently looked at reading evidence. In addition to phonics intervention, specific reading intervention is used across KS1 and 2 to target low level and SEN readers.