Phonics and Reading
The children have daily phonics sessions using the Letters and Sounds scheme which was written by the Government. The children are taught to recognise each sound and then begin blending them together. They are also taught to read words on sight, for example, a word such as “the” or “said” needs to be recognised straight away and not sounded out.
When the children know all their sounds and are able to blend them, they will begin taking reading books home using the Ruth Miskin scheme. When the children are reading with some fluency, they move onto the colour banded books. These books come from a variety of different reading schemes such as PM Benchmark Books and Oxford Reading Tree and are grouped into colour bands according to how difficult the books are to read. Children are heard read individually about three times each week by the teachers, nursery nurses, teaching assistants and volunteers.
From April to July the children take part in a reading intervention called Daily Supported Reading/DSR.
The children’s reading is assessed continually throughout the year and pupils are moved up accordingly. In the summer, they are assessed using the PM Benchmarking Kit to ensure that the child is reading books at the right level. This is as well as continual assessment through the DSR programme.
We ask parents to read every night with their child for at least 10 minutes. It is important that this time is spent not just reading the words in the book but talking about what is happening, looking at the pictures and so on. It is also important for adults to read to their children so that the children hear a good model of reading and learn to love stories and books generally.
We held a literacy meeting for parents in October. Here are the links to the handouts we went through: