Reading and phonics
At Thoresby, phonics is taught throughout the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (where required). The objectives are taken from The National Curriculum, as is the programme of study.
Phonics is taught daily in small groups appropriate to the needs of pupils.
At the start of the journey, staff work with pupil’s in small groups to ensure that their listening skills are sufficiently developed. This is so that they can hear the sounds in spoken words.
When children are ready, we start to teach them to match letters to sounds in order to read and write. Our phonics programme is based on a multisensory approach where pupil’s listening, speaking and visual recognition are all being stimulated at the same time. This makes learning meaningful and long lasting.
We have adapted this approach using parts of the Jolly Phonics and the Read, Write, Inc. schemes.
Within every phonics lesson, pupils recap previous skills, learn something new, practise this and then apply their learning through short reading and writing tasks.
Reading is evident in every curriculum area throughout the school and children are encouraged to use their reading skills at every opportunity. The objectives are taken from the National Curriculum and we assess pupils using the academy trust key performance indicators.
As well as daily reading opportunities, all pupils select their own book/s to take home and practise from either the wide range of home/school reading resources, from the library, or from their classroom collection.
Parents in the foundation stage are shown how to support their child with reading at home, and every child is encouraged to do this at least 4 times per week.
The home/school reading collection offers a wide range of fiction and non-fiction materials from a range of published reading schemes. Pupils self-select their book to take home to encourage a love of reading.
In the early stages of reading, pupils are offered materials from the Oxford Reading Tree schemes which include stories based on familiar characters including high frequency words, phonically decodable texts and non-fiction books.
Guided and group reading materials range from ‘Bug Club’ for children in the early stages of reading development, to texts by reputable authors like Michael Morpurgo that the older pupils have voted to read within their group sessions.
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