Phonics and Reading in KS1
In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, we deliver a consistent approach to phonics using the DfE’s Letters and Sounds scheme. Every child in EYFS and Key Stage One work through the programme to help them decode, (sound out), words that they read and spell. Reading is linked into understanding what they have read and also links into short writing activities. One-to One programmes, small group work and intervention activities are used to support children who require an additional phonics boost.
Our reading books are graded using the ‘Book Bands’ system. We use a range of schemes including the Oxford Reading Tree. We support the children’s progress through these books and promote reading for enjoyment across the curriculum using class and the main library. Each child is heard reading daily and they take part in Guided Reading activities. Reading books are changed twice a week. Teachers and teaching assistants question the children’s understanding of their reading book and support them in their progress. A reading project takes place every day across Key Stage One. More children are targeted on reading for meaning. In addition, ‘Tetley Tea’ (Tata Global Beverages) volunteers listen to children read over 3 lunchtimes.