Early reading skills are developed through our systematic synthetic phonics teaching and through explicit teaching of a range of reading strategies. Children read at least weekly with trained adults in school, as well as taking home reading books matched to their phonics phase and reading ability to read with adults at home. Parent workshops support parents with how to support children’s reading at home. A love for reading is developed through a range of activities including carefully-chosen class reading books, reading volunteers, second hand book sales, World Book Day activities and visits to a local bookshop.
We follow the synthetic phonics teaching as set out systematically in the Letters and Sounds scheme, teaching daily multi-sensory phonics sessions. Children begin this learning as soon as they enter Reception, giving them early success in reading and writing, and work through Phases 1-6 by the end of Year 2. A very high majority of children pass the statutory phonics check at the end of Year 1.
We provide information and support for parents about our phonics teaching and how they can support their children’s learning at home.