How we teach reading:
In EYFS and KS1, we use the Sounds-Write programme to teach phonics daily. Sounds-Write is a DfE validated phonics programme, providing a highly structured, systematic approach to teaching children to read and spell. It teaches the key elements of learning how to read and spell through conceptual understanding, factual knowledge and the three skills of blending, segmenting and phoneme manipulation. If you wish to know more about Sounds-Write phonics programme please click here. We strongly recommend all parents and carers complete the free Sounds-Write phonics course.
If children fall behind in phonics, the school will provide additional teaching, so they quickly catch up. This might be in small groups or 1:1 sessions with an adult.
Your child will be sent home books to read to improve their phonics – we call these 'decodable readers' at school. These are books that enable your child to practise the sounds and spellings that they are learning. Most of the words are words that they can decode because they contain spellings they have already learnt. We want your children to be able to read these books fluently so when your child reads these books to you, please let them have a go at reading all of the words by themselves. Sometimes, your child may need help with a word, but before you step in, please give them a few seconds to work it out for themselves.
If your child gets stuck, a great prompt to use is: 'Say the sounds (pointing to each of the ‘sounds’ in the word) and read the word' (slide your finger along, under the whole word).
You can also ask your child questions about the stories they read to you. Some of the words in these 'decodable books' might contain spellings your child hasn't learnt yet. At the back of the book, you'll see a list of the words that your child might need help with. When your child comes to one of these words in their book, simply read it for them. If the word was 'the' and your child didn't know how to read that word, you could simply point to the word and say: 'This is 'the', just say 'the' here.
We use a scheme called Dandelion Launchers and Readers as these books align with Sounds-Write so children can read books which link to the sounds they are learning in school.