In Reception we follow the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics scheme that gives us the progression for a systematic approach to teaching phonics. This is supported by 'Jolly Phonics' which is a scheme that has action rhymes for each letter as the children are introduced to them and this helps them to remember the letters more easily.
The children have a daily phonics session following the 'Letters and Sounds' programme.
In Reception we use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme (ORT). First we introduce the children to the characters in the books by playing games with this in school and also sending home our ORT lotto game. The children read picture books to start with and as soon as they begin to read the character names they move onto books with words. Alongside the ORT scheme we read the Floppy phonics books that have a phonics approach as opposed to a key word approach.
As well as individual reading the children also take part in a daily guided reading session. During this session we sometimes use the ORT books and at other times we may base the sessions on; reading pictures, key word books, sentence making, acting out stories and story sacks/trays. The guided reading sessions will also have some independent reading sessions running alongside them.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1 we continue to follow the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics scheme that the children have been used to in Reception. The child's reception results and also conversations with their previous class teacher help support the transition from Reception to year 1 to ensure that the children continue to make good progress in key stage 1.
At the end of year 1 the children will do a phonics screening test which is based on the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme and asks the children to read 50 age appropriate words that contain the sounds that the children should know for their age. These words are a mixture of real and nonsense words. The threshold for the test is released on a yearly basis and this score is then shared with parents. Any child who does not meet the threshold is then given additional phonics support in year 2 and then given a different phonics screening test in year 2.
In Key Stage 1 there are two reading schemes in place. One is the ORT which is the child's class reader which they read to an adult within the school day. When a child reads to an adult this is recorded in their home/school book for parents to see. Alongside their reading in school, we have a home reading scheme which is Rigby Rockets. These books are colour coded and matched to the child's reading level. Each child has their own home reading book that they take home and read at home with their parents, careers or any family or friends.
Once a child has progressed through either reading scheme they then go onto our free reading scheme, where they can choose the books that they want to read.
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