Phonics and Reading
Phonics and Early Reading
At Stamford Bridge Primary School, we are firm believers in reading for enjoyment and to become life-long learners.
Learning to read begins with a systematic approach to the teaching of phonics, which begins in EYFS and continues Year 1 and Year 2 and across Key Stage 2 where the need is identified.
There are 6 phases in phonic progression beginning with phase 1, in which children explore many different sounds in order to develop their listening skills through to phase 6, in which children read much longer texts for fluency and meaning.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1, pupils have a daily 20-minute phonics session, which we teach using the ‘Little Wandle' scheme. This is a government validated scheme.
Each September we hold an introductory phonics workshop for EYFS parents to illustrate first-hand how children are taught to read and write in the early years of school - a video link to this introductory workshop can be found below:
As children move through Year 2 and then throughout Key Stage 2, pupils learn different spelling patterns and rules according to the National Curriculum 2014.
At Stamford Bridge Primary School reading practice takes many forms:
In EYFS and KS1:
- Children participate in adult-led reading sessions where they read books which are phonetically decodable and are linked to the sounds they are learning in class;
- Following these sessions, the children then take these books home to read with an adult to build their fluency and automaticity;
- Alongside this, the children also take home books which they have chosen based on their interests to read with an adult. These are not necessarily books which the children can read/decode - they are books that promote their love of reading.
- Children in Year 2 also begin to learn about key reading domains (VIPERS) and participate in more independent comprehension activities to explore their understanding.
- Children participate in 3x weekly whole-class guided reading sessions where the children learn how to answer a range of reading comprehensions based on key reading domains (VIPERS);
- They are encouraged to read texts aloud throughout all areas of the curriculum;
- Books are widely used across the curriculum to encourage cross-curricular reading in a variety of subjects;
- Children are a part of the Accelerated Reader scheme where children's reading progress is carefully monitored - see Accelerated Reader page for more information.
- Are able to listen to a wide range of texts from a variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction, read to them by their class teacher.
- Have access to a range of reading materials in both their classes, and in the library areas.
- Are set reading as weekly homework and record their reading in their planners.