Reading and Phonics
Our curriculum promotes a love of reading through the use of a wide range of texts within the classroom. Each classroom has a class library where children get to spend time reading the books they choose to.
Reading books in school are organised so that they align to a progressive national, colour banded, and levelling system. The school offers a wide range of books including fiction, non-fiction and poetry within each colour band. The system supports the independent choice, by pupils, of reading books. All pupils are encouraged to take books home regularly and are able to change these as often as they wish. The school recognises and values the significant role of parents in further developing reading skills. Children also have opportunities to borrow books from the school library to enjoy at home. Teaching matches the needs and ability of individual pupils that supports appropriate progression.
In Early Years and Key Stage 1 phonic skills are developed through highly focused, short daily sessions using the recommended synthetic phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’. The school offers opportunities for parents to attend phonics workshops in order to further increase understanding of the strategies used in school.