Reading is a vital part of the curriculum and of children’s’ development. At the same time, it should also be an enjoyable and exciting experience for children.
Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. We also have a wide range of other reading schemes and real books to supplement Oxford Reading Tree to provide breadth and balance and to ensure pupils have experience of reading a wide range of texts.
In EYFS and KS1 the children take home an Oxford reading tree book. These books are levelled in stages and as your child progresses in their reading they will be assessed for the next stage in the scheme. We try to change the children’s reading book at least once or twice a week.
In KS2 the children continue to take a reading book home but they have the opportunity to choose their own reading book from a range of texts suitable for their reading level. Also KS2 children have the opportunity to change their own reading book once they have finished reading it.
Reading at home
Each child takes home a reading record this is for both adults at home and adults at school to record when the child has read and any comments about the child’s reading. Reading records are a great way for parents and teachers to share information about how they feel the child’s reading is progressing. We encourage parents to read with their child at least 3 times a week. Alongside reading the book it is useful if you encourage your child to discuss what they have read.
We use Floppy Phonics as our phonics scheme, we are extremely pleased with the results it is having on the children’s phonic knowledge and their reading levels. Floppy phonics encourages the children to sound out words using their fingers then draw sound lines to represent each sound in the word. We have found that this has given the children a strategy to help them in both their writing and reading. Floppy phonics is started in Nursery and continued through Reception and KS1. Children who failed their phonic screening for the second time in year 2 will continue phonics into year 3 and 4.
One or two new codes are taught per week. Initially the children are introduced to the code and learn the sound that the code represents (such as the sound is /eer/ but the code we are learning today is ear). For every code the children complete a session on sounding out and writing words (the strategy above) using the code they are learning. Then in the following session the children complete a structured worksheet which asks the children to segment and blend words using the code, practise writing the code and draw a picture of something that has that code in it. Also one session a week is to consolidate learning through various activities, one being handwriting.
The codes are separated into 5 stages which we work through in order. The beginning stages start with simple codes to lay the foundations for the more complex codes in stages 4 and 5. As the children progress into KS2 depending on their phonic knowledge, they may continue with Floppy Phonics or move onto Phonics International which introduces trickier codes in a similar way.
For more information please feel free to ask your child’s class teacher or click on the links below:
Click the link below, to hear the sounds and the codes that represent the sound.