Reading and Phonics

Reading at Firs Estate

 

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss

 

At Firs Estate, we recognise that reading is a key building block for learning and we aim to equip each and every pupil with the skills they need. This will allow them to enjoy reading for knowledge, as well as pleasure and enjoyment and to understand how to write with a sense of purpose and audience.

We are very excited about our new and improved library. It is full of books which have been hand-picked to match our curriculum and engage pupils at all reading levels. In our library you will also find comfy seating for groups and classes, a listening station for audio-books, collections of books by our favourite authors and copies of ‘First News’ – the newspaper specifically for children.  Classes have timetabled sessions in the library and lunchtime reading and homework clubs take place as well.

In addition, each class has an inviting book corner and the school has reading schemes to support beginning and improving readers. Guided reading takes places regularly, with sessions which include a mixture of teacher-led group work, follow up activities, independent reading and time for children to simply immerse themselves in books.

In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we follow the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme, primarily using the ‘Floppy’s Phonics’ range of books which are closely matched to the phonics phase each pupil is working at.

In Key Stage 2 we use a mixture of Oxford Reading Tree books, Project X Alien Adventures and colour banded ‘real books’. This provides a varied range of books which not only matches children’s abilities, but interests and engages them in their reading. We also have Project X code which is used as an intervention for those children who need more support with their reading.

 

Phonics at Firs Estate

Children throughout the school take part in the Read Write Inc programme – please click here to find out more

Phonics Screening

At the end of June, Year 1 children do the Phonics Screening Check. This is a short, light touch assessment which consists of 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words that a pupil reads aloud to the teacher. It is designed to confirm whether pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard and to help identify children who need extras support.  If children do not reach the expected standard, they then redo the check in Year 2.

 

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