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Phonics
We teach children to read quickly and skilfully through daily phonics lessons.

In KS1 the children have two sessions of phonics a day, following the Letters and Sounds programme.

Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way, starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex, it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read.

Children are taught how to: recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes, identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as „sh‟ or „oo‟- and blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word. Children can then use this knowledge to „de-code‟ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.

Phonics websites:
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ (There are a number of fun, free phonics games on this site)

www.oxfordowl.co.uk (Free to use- you just need to sign up- assess to Oxford Reading Tree e-books)

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/ (A range of phonics resources)

http://www.highfrequencywords.org/ (A list of the 200 most common words)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqhXUW_v-1s (This video shows how to accurately say each phoneme)

SPAG
In Year 6 children are now assessed on SPAG (Spelling, punctuation and grammar). All children years 2-6 have discreet twenty minute SPAG lessons three times a week. Additionally SPAG is also taught through the daily English lesson.

The school follows the No Nonsense spelling scheme. This has been implemented this academic year.

Speaking and Listening
Effective speaking and listening is fundamental to a child‟s learning and is a valued skill in adult life. With this in mind, place great importance on developing children‟s speaking and listening skills. We use drama activities to increase children‟s confidence in public speaking and to give opportunities for self- expression. We provide children with the children to perform in assemblies and on stage. Furthermore, children are taught how to communicate with their peers and how to work effectively in a group.

Reading

We place great importance on stories and reading in teaching children to read. One of the greatest gifts we can give a child is the ability to read, and we encourage a love of reading and books. Each topic is taught through books and stories to allow the children to become fully immersed in the text.

In the Early Years we establish a language-rich environment. Each term we use a variety of books daily to engage the children in the topic being taught.  You can view our EYFS reading spine here

In years 1-6 each English (writing) lesson is based on a book or piece of literature or prose that not only structurally copies the skills being taught but also introduces the context or thoughts.  We also use books during 'Topic' lessons, these are often non-fiction or autobiographical. The books that children read in both English lessons and Topic lessons are in our reading spines list found here.

We have daily guided reading lessons for all children. Our Guided Reading spine looks like this. Our Guided Reading sessions are taught in the principle of whole class, where every child has the same book as the teacher, the teacher reads aloud followed by two children reading aloud, we call this 'Two and You'.  The teacher hears approx 10 children read in this way per day.  All children are encouraged to join in.  The teacher will halt the reader sporadically to ask specific questions about comprehension, information retrieval or vocabulary. The lessons last 30 mins.

In addition to this in Reception class, Year 1 and Year 2 we have an Author Study: A book focus from a different author each term, 3 over the year.  Each week every child in every class will take home a book from one author to read at home.  The child keeps the book for a week.

In Reception, Year 1, Y2 and Y3 children read to their teacher at least once a fortnight and will regularly have their book changed - we use the Oxford Reading tree series of books.  If your child needs extra help with reading they may be one of our 'green readers' - these children read at least 3 times a week to their teacher. We will send home at least one book from the Oxford Reading tree series per week.  In Y1 and Y2 we will also send home a phonetic book from the same series.

All children in the school have a weekly library slot and are able to take home a book of their choice from our school library. In addition we use a combination of reading schemes with a common colour coding for level of difficulty. These are for the children to read at home, to share with their parents and to support them in becoming fluent and confident readers.

In total the year children in KS1 will read approx 40/50 books per year while those in KS2 more likely to read about 20/25 books per year, often a novel or chapter book.

If your children stays with us throughout their schooling it's likely that they will have read somewhere close to 200 books.