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Phonics and Reading

The teaching of reading

All children have a daily English lesson together with Guided Reading sessions; a library session and handwriting practice session/s. Children will follow the objectives currently outlined in the new English Curriculum which include: speaking and listening, planning and editing, writing, reading, phonics, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Children are taught to read by decoding the words and to extend their comprehension skills. They are regularly part of shared reading, guided reading and individual reading groups. Our core reading scheme is ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ but we have many other schemes and books to supplement these. The children choose from within graded colour bands of books which match their reading ability and are encouraged to read both Fiction and non-fiction.

Synthetic phonics and spellings are taught rigorously throughout the school based on the statutory requirements of the new English Curriculum for each year group. Spelling strategies that have been taught are expected to be reflected in everyday writing across the curriculum.  When spellings are marked, it is in accordance with Marking Policy.  It is important to note that depending on writing objectives set, spelling errors may be:

  1. Not corrected at all.
  2. Specific target words highlighted
  3. All errors corrected.

 Throughout the school, children are encouraged to spell independently.  To support this, word lists, wall banks, phonic charts etc. are displayed in the classrooms.