At both schools we use a range of reading schemes, including the Oxford Reading Tree and Puffin Young Readers. Children are encouraged to choose a variety of genres to help develop their reading skills. At the Infant School children use a colour coded reading scheme which is closely matched to the phonic phases. They progress through this until they become ‘free readers’.
For group reading at the Junior School we use Scholastic's Reciprocal Reading Scheme to enable children to further develop their reading comprehension skills. At the Infants, children take part in guided reading activities and are regularly listened to read in school on an individual basis.
How to help your child at home
Please listen to your child read regularly at home and comment in their home school book when they have read. Support your child by asking them questions about the text, checking their understanding of what they have read.
In Nursery the children are beginning an exciting journey with Phonics which will ultimately enable them to become readers and writers.
In the first phase of Phonics we concentrate on developing speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness (identifying sound patterns in spoken words) and oral blending and segmenting skills. Their language skills are developed through carefully organised activities and a broad and rich language curriculum with speaking and listening at its centre.
The children are being encouraged to build up their core strength, gross and fine motor skills through exciting activities such as messy play, climbing apparatus, cutting, pegging, playing musical instruments and mark-making laying on the floor or vertical using easels.
We are also beginning to learn about rhyming words and the first sound a word begins with.
In Reception the children are learning all of their letter sounds and when ready, learning some 'digraphs' (which is where two letters join together to make one sound like 'sh') following the Read, Write, Inc. Phonics scheme.
They are encouraged to shares news about things they do at home or events they celebrate with their families. The children were asked to bring in a 'Special box' of their most treasured items including toys, photos and memorabilia that they shared with their class.
The children are now applying their phonics in writing and reading and getting to take home a book from the ORT reading scheme. They also participate in shared (whole class) reading and stories linked to their topic.
In writing the children are learning how to form letters correctly by following the 'Kinetic Letters' handwriting program. They initially formed the letters through large body movements and gradually moved onto smaller movements, they are now ready to write on a variety of medium including paper, whiteboards and messy play materials like sand, shaving foam and cornflour gloop.
Key Stage One: Term 1
In Year One, the children are learning how to use capital letters and full stops in their writing. They will be listening to stories about toys, linked to their History topic and writing their own sentences linked to these stories. In spelling, the children will bring home a list of common exception words to practise. The children will continue to learn new letter sounds and spelling patterns in their phonics lessons. In handwriting the children are following the Kinetic Letters scheme and will be practising their pencil grip and taking part in different strengthening exercises to help improve their letter formation.
In Year 2 this term, we will be writing for different purposes, including writing invitations, poems and instructions. We will be writing about real events, linked to our History topic. We will be using descriptive vocabulary when writing about dragons and castles.
In reading, we will be listening to, discussing and expressing views about castle and dragon stories. We will be using expression when reciting poems. We will learn how to use non-fiction books to find information about castles and learn how to follow a set of instructions. In phonics and spelling, we will be revising and learning new letter sounds, following the Year 2 spelling curriculum. Children will be set homework based on the new spelling patterns and words taught on a weekly basis. In handwriting we will be using the Kinetic Letters Scheme, working on developing a correct pencil grip and practising the correct letter formation.