PHONICS AND READING

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."- Dr Seuss

Intent

The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout school. At Todwick Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We highly value and encourage the pupils to read for enjoyment and recognise that this starts with the foundations of acquiring letter sounds, segmenting and blending skills.

Implementation

Through the systematic teaching of our Letters and Sounds programme the children are taught the essential skills needed for reading. Phonics is taught daily to all children in Foundation Stage and KS1 in a 20 minute, 4 part session. We encourage children to apply their phonics skills in all areas of the curriculum. Additional support is provided throughout school for children who are working below the expected phonics phase.   

All teachers across school are trained in our school Letters and Sounds phonics programme with the addition of lead ‘expert’ phonics teachers and teaching assistants within each keystage.

 We systematically teach learners the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, which represent them.

Children working within the phonics phases have regular guided reading sessions during the week to build on fluency. Guided reading books are linked to the phonics phase and phonemes that the children are currently working on.

Home reading books for children working within the phonics phases are phonetically decodable to support children’s application of phonics. These books are selected by an adult to ensure that they are closely matched to a child’s phonics ability.  

Teachers regularly assess and track the children’s phonics knowledge and take account of these assessments when planning next steps. These regular assessments inform planning and allow teachers to identify any gaps in learning.

Impact

Regardless of background, ability or additional needs, by the time children leave Todwick Primary School, they will: - be enthusiastic and motivated readers who are confident and will enjoy reading a wide variety of genres and text types - have the skills to decode words in order to be able to read fluently with a secure understanding of what they have read - be inspired by literature and will read for pleasure.

FS & KS1 Class Home Share Books

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Every child in Todwick Primary School will have access to good quality literature with our home share books.

How books are selected

We chose books that we believe are worth reading and re-reading- stories that children will love. Books have been carefully selected for each class by authors that have been studied in literacy lessons through the class story book. We have a mixture of old favourites and also new literature.

All books have been recommended by the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) or have won literature awards.

Classroom Home Share book system

Children can borrow a home share book for as long as they wish and change them during the week during their book swap time. We do expect our children to look after our books and for them to be returned in good condition. 

The books are not decodable and children in FS2 and KS1 are not expected to read these independently. We have fully decodable books linked to the schools Letters and Sounds programme that support our children to learn to read.

Challenge

At Todwick, we want to know that all our children have experienced quality literature.

Inside the children’s reading diary is a list of some of the home share books available for your class. See if you can read them all by the end of the school year!

Learn to Read with Phonics: A Parent Guide- https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/

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Todwick Primary School

Kiveton Lane, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1HJ

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