Phonics and reading scheme

At Earlsdon Primary, we know that reading for pleasure is an important step in becoming fluent and confident readers and writers. Consequently, we aim to nurture a lifelong love of reading and provide lots of opportunities to enjoy and share books with others. A language rich environment enables pupils to access new and challenging vocabulary on a daily basis, and every class has a reading area with a wide selection of books, specifically suited to their age group. These include a range of new and classic texts

Reading skills are systematically taught throughout the school beginning in Reception with our Linking Letter and Sounds phonics scheme. Staff also read one to one with every child to support early comprehension skills. In Key Stage 1, children continue to build on their fluency in decoding to read and develop more complex comprehension skills so they can demonstrate their understanding of a text by discussing and explaining their ideas. Teachers model reading strategies during shared reading sessions, whilst children have the opportunity to analyse and discuss texts in detail during small group guided reading sessions.

A range of reading schemes are used to support early readers including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Floppy’s Phonics, Songbirds and Collins, as well as banded book packs for guided reading in groups. Our reading structure is also enhanced through the addition of real books, so that the children are given the opportunity to apply their reading skills and to read for pleasure.

From Reception, the children bring home a reading book suitable for their reading ability from our banded scheme. We encourage parents to record comments in their child’s home school reading record, so that teachers and parents can share information about their child’s progress in reading. Parents are encouraged to read with their child daily.

In Key Stage 1, all children have a home reader and are encouraged to read these  both at home and at school. In Year 1 we encourage the parents to help change their child’s book and in Year 2 we encourage the children to change their own on a weekly basis. Alongside this, the children receive daily phonic sessions, shared reading sessions, guided reading and a story at the end of the day. There is also a ‘Bedtime book’ borrowing section, all children across Key Stage 1 (and 2) are welcome to borrow any book at any level and enjoy it with family and friends. In Year 2, children are introduced to the Read Write Inc spelling scheme and have this alongside their daily phonic sessions.

In Key Stage 2, the school uses the Bug Club guided reading scheme, along with Fiction Express and a range of real books to continue to develop the children’s reading skills in whole-class and guided reading sessions. Once children have reached the free reading stage, children can select books to take home from well resourced, age-appropriate books in the classroom. Those still learning to read have access to a series of books specifically developed to help children continue to grow in confidence as readers with a text that also appears appropriate for their age group.

No matter their age, we still encourage all readers to share a book at home with their grown-ups. We believe that this not only helps to develop inferential skills, but also supports a lifelong love of reading. We recognise the value of adults (both in school and at home) reading aloud to children, in order to improve their grasp of story language, enthuse them with a love of books and inspire them as writers.