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Phonics and Reading

Phonics in Reception

In the Infants, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme which is supplemented by the Jolly Phonics scheme.  In Reception, children are introduced to phonemes (sounds) linked to the letters of the alphabet, as well as one way of spelling each of the other 16 phonemes used in the English language, such as 'spr' and 'sh'.


Children are taught to blend and sound out phonics to read a variety of words. They also  break down the sounds into segments for spelling. 

From Year 2 onwards, children consolidate their phonics knowledge, learning when to apply different spelling rules as well as how to spell plurals and different verb tenses.


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Phonics in Year One and Two

In Year 1, children learn more about the variety of ways in which each sound can be spelled. They also learn different pronunciation for letters or groups of letters, such as 'o' in 'dog', 'some' and 'stone'.


At the end of Year 1, children take part in a national test where they have to read 'real' and 'alien' words aloud, applying their phonic kowledge. 


From  Year 2 onwards, children continue with phonics, , learning when to apply different spelling rules as well as how to spell plurals and different verb tenses.


In Reception, children begin by taking home a bag containing a game and a book to share at home with a  parent or other member of the family.

Our core Reading Scheme is 'Oxford Reading Tree' where characters such as Kipper, Biff and Chip have adventures. We also use a variety of other Reading Scheme books, including Ginn, Rapid Readers and Wolf Hill.

Our youngest readers' first books begin with wordless stories that help them to get a good understanding of how stories and books work. When ready, the teacher will start children on books  containing simple words which can be blended or sounded out. There will be some words that need to be 'known by sight' too.

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Reading Scheme books increase in complexity. They are colour banded and, as children become more confident and able readers, they will take home books from different colour bands. 


Once children become fluent readers, they will move on to books which are provided to encourage children's comprehension skills so that they can engage in more lengthy discussions about the content of the book.


Now that we have a lovely new Library, we are able to give the children a library lesson each week and they can supplement the reading scheme books with others in our library.

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