Phonics: Phonics is taught regularly and systematically using the Letters and Sounds scheme of work. We also use Read Write Inc Rhymes to support pupils as it has a kinaesthetic and visual quality which supports learners especially those with English as an additional language. Phonics continues to be taught beyond the earliest years of the school if an individual or small group need intervention.
Key Words: Learners are taught a series of whole key words with which to scaffold their reading. This enables them to use a ‘searchlight’ approach to making sense of text when first they begin to read.
Comprehension : Skills of comprehension are taught from the earliest stages of reading, albeit verbally in the first instance. Whilst learners develop the ability to record their answers in writing, verbal comprehension is part of reading whether this is in a group or individually.
Reading for enjoyment: All children have access to a wide range of books in school. Stories are read regularly in every class and learners are encouraged to read widely on an individual and regular basis. The library is well stocked and is open after school for families. Children are given books by the school both when they enter in the Reception class and when they have their birthdays. The school regularly offers opportunities for ‘competitive reading’. World Book Day and Poetry Day are celebrated by the whole community.