School Improvement – Reading

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PRIORITY

In order to build on our successes from the April 2021 Section 8 Monitoring Visit, we are continuing to take effective action in order to become a ‘good’ school by:

  • Ensuring that all children (regardless of starting point) gain phonic knowledge and have increased opportunities to rehearse their reading skills in order to support their learning across the curriculum
  • Ensuring that leaders’ plans to strengthen the curriculum for phonics are implemented effectively so that pupils quickly develop the skills they need to become fluent and confident readers

POLICY DOCUMENTS

ONE HUNDRED BOOKS

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LETTERS AND SOUNDS

BUG CLUB READING

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BUG CLUB PHONICS

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SOUNDS-WRITE

sounds write logo

Sounds-Write is a quality phonics programme. Its purpose is to provide a scheme to teach reading, spelling and writing.  We will introduce Sounds~Write to children who still have gaps in their phonics knowledge after following the Letters and Sounds programme.

The Sounds-Write programme teaches the children to understand the way the alphabet (referred to as ‘code’) works. Because of the complex system of the alphabet code in the English language, often, in the early stages of learning to read and spell, pupils will not be able to spell some sounds using the correct spellings. However, pupils taught using Sounds-Write are more likely to be able to write almost anything they want using plausible (phonetic) spellings for sounds. As they progress through Key Stage 1, pupils learn systematically how words are spelled in English. The ability to express oneself in writing from the start of school gives children enormous confidence, which naturally feeds back into the other kinds of learning taking place within the school curriculum.

PARENT INFORMATION LEAFLETS

We have produced two information leaflets to date this year, to keep parents and carers up-to-date with developments in our reading curriculum, providing details of our use of Bug Club in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and the whole school 100 BOOKS initiative.

More leaflets are planned for later in the year.

COMMON EXCEPTION WORDS

Common exception words are words where the usual spelling rule doesn’t apply; such as the common exception words “sugar”, “improve”, “climb” and “because”. Some of these exception words are used frequently, so children are introduced to common exception words in year 1 and year 2.

The Year 1 and 2 lists of common exception words can be downloaded by clicking the links below:

GRAPHEMES AND PHONEMES

The 44 English sounds can be divided into two major categories – consonants and vowels.

Clickable squares based on the above image which will play a recording of each of the sounds (to be created)

PHONICS WEBLINKS

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