Phonics and Reading

From September to April in Year 1 and from April to July in Reception the children take part in a reading intervention called Daily Supported Reading/DSR. The children are grouped by their reading ability into no more than six children per group and work with an adult for half an hour every day (apart from Wednesdays) on their literacy skills. As you can imagine, timetabling twelve adults to be with Year 1/Reception each day at 10.45am can be tricky, with trips and other things happening across the school, but we have been totally committed to making it work. As a result, the children’s progress has been very rapid and their reading and writing have both benefited from this new system.

Every Spring Term, we invite parents from Years 1 and 2 to a morning and/or evening session to learn how we teach reading and writing across Key Stage 1. To see the notes from this meeting click on the link below.
helpful hints – literacy Yrs 1 & 2 Jan 2019

The children learn that there are lots of ways to spell different sounds. See the sheet below which is taken from Ruth Miskin’s Read, Write Inc Scheme. For example “i” could by ie (as in tie), y (my), igh (high) or i-e (kite)!
Sound Sheet

The children learn that some combinations of letters look the same but can sound different (eg the double o sound could be in “look” and also in “spoon”). Whilst other sounds look different but sound the same (eg meet and meat)! It can be very tricky and we use lots of repetition to help the children to remember. See the link below for word families i.e. groups of words with the same spelling/sound.
Speed Sounds yr 1 & 2

Children start learning “sight words” from Reception i.e. those words that cannot be sounded out using phonics – for example words such as “said”, “the”, “they”, “what”.
We expect the children to be able to read and write all 200 words from the link below by the time they reach the end of Year 2. Some of these words are “sight words” that simply have to be learned and some use phonics and can be easily sounded out eg “it”, “mum”, “dad”.
Dolch 200 most common words

The children learn to write using a cursive script. The style we use can be found here.

Learning to read isn’t just about finding out how to read the words. It is essential that children understand what they are reading about. This is called reading comprehension. See the link below for ideas you can use to develop your child’s comprehension.
Reading in Infants – info for parents

We use a colour book banded system to help children progress with their reading. Children are assessed using the PM Benchmark assessment scheme.