Phonics and Reading Scheme
Phonics at Forest Glade
Our phonics work begins in the Foundation Stage where children focus on 5 basic skills:
- Learning the letter sounds
- Letter formation
- Identifying sounds in words
- Tricky words
Using the Letters and Sounds programme, supported by the use of actions, stories and songs. As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practise by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them from a range of texts. Phonics knowledge is built on as the children move up into Key Stage 1.
Every child in FS and KS1 has a daily phonic session working up to Phase 6. Regular phase assessments are completed and all children in year complete a national phonic screening test.
In Key Stage 2, focused phonic work is completed within a small group ensuring all of our children are confident and competent in all phonic phases.
Reading at Forest Glade
Reading is such an important life skill and it is a skill that our children use across all aspects of their learning. Our aim is to produce competent, confident and enthusiastic readers who read for enjoyment and love books!
Starting in our Foundation Stage, children are introduced to a range of books, learning how to handle a book, turn pages and to understand the correct direction. Initially, children are taught using decodable reading books. As a school, we use “Letters and Sounds” to provide phonic progression and structure, and the books we use mirror that progression within the different phases.
Right from Foundation, children are encouraged to use our class library areas and the ELS mobile library van visits each term giving the children an invaluable experience.
All of our reading books are “banded” so that books of comparable levels are grouped together. This provides for depth and consolidation for our children as they are learning to read, building their reading skills and confidence in progressive stages as they move up through school.
Within each book band, there is a variety of books covering fiction and nonfiction titles as well as a wide variety of genres – poetry, play scripts etc. plus novels and information books. As the children become more confident, they move onto carefully selected chapter books within their band level which provide further structure and guidance. As part of our structured banded reading scheme, children may select a ‘free choice’ book within their band when their reading books are changed.
All children are expected to read at home a minimum of three times a week, with parents/carers recording their reading in their individual reading diaries which are checked on a weekly basis. Class scores are then calculated and recorded on our weekly Super Readers League board. In addition to home reading, we aim to regularly hear all children reading in school.
If you are interested in joining our Super Reading Support Parent Team, who come into school to support our children with their reading, please contact us.