At Nythe Primary School. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme in order to teach phonics. Although the teaching of phonics is sustained across all English lessons, the systematic teaching of phonics takes place across the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes, following the curriculum map outlined below:
Phonics lessons usually take place at the beginning of the day. We use a wide range of resources to support learning of phonics, including Active Learn, which all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are able to log in to and use from home to further support their learning.
At Nythe Primary School, we endeavour to nurture a love of reading in all our pupils. In school, adults model good reading behaviours to pupils when reading independently. Each class has a class reader, which is read together for at least 30 minutes per week. These books are ‘just for fun’ and aim to engage children in reading and expose them to a wide variety of authors and genres. Books used as the class reader are often from a series of books, and we find that this frequently encourages children to read the remaining books in the series themselves.
Children also participate in guided reading activities at school. Depending on the age of your child and their confidence as a reader, these may be small group or whole class activities. During our guided reading sessions, we focus on developing the specific skills required to be a confident reader, such as fluency, expression, inference and prediction.
Reading is an important part of the curriculum and, as such, we believe that reading with your child daily can improve their reading skills significantly. We encourage parents/carers to read with their children as often as possible, and ask that they complete their child’s online reading record. Adults in school also complete these records when they have heard a child read.
Children in Reception and Year 1 are given reading books matched to their knowledge of phonics, which they are able to take home. As children move through the school and become more confident readers, they are able to select books within their allocated book band, moving through the bands until they eventually become ‘free readers’.