Phonics and Reading
Reading and Phonics
At Broadgreen Primary School we believe that reading for pleasure is key to success. All children are encouraged to love reading a wide variety of material: books, magazines, newspapers and to read online. A love of reading is shared by all our staff.
Phonics at Broadgreen Primary School
At Broadgreen Primary School, we teach a high quality, daily, discrete phonics session from FS1 to Year 2, and where it is needed in other year groups. We are currently following the Letters and Sounds scheme but will be moving to follow Read Write Inc after whole school training in Autumn Term 2.
The children are assessed half termly to track their progress. Appropriate interventions are implemented to accelerate progress for individual children.
We provide workshops to support parents and provide them with information and activities to help their child at home.
In June each year Year one children are formally assessed by an unseen government test and results are reported to parents. It is a decoding test using ‘real and non-real’ words.
For further information on the teaching of Phonics at Broadgreen Primary School click here.
Reading at Broadgreen Primary School
Learning to read is complex yet essential for all our children’s life chances. Reading requires the integration of several strategies:
Structure – how sentences are formed, grammar & syntax;
Meaning – it relies on us having an understanding of the world around us to make meaning (semantic cues);
Pictorial – we need to know about illustrations, graphs, pictures, captions and headings (bibliographic cues) and
Graphophonic cues – those supplied by spelling and presentation of words, which interact with knowledge of words and phonic analysis.
At Broadgreen Primary School reading is taught daily. Children are taught to read in guided reading sessions with teachers and support staff. Children are taught in groups or individually and have access to reading interventions where needed.
Children read in as many situations as possible, not just in reading lessons. Reading takes place in all lessons, using books and electronic devices.
We use a variety of reading scheme texts and non – scheme books to ensure children learn and apply a range of reading strategies. We endeavour to purchase/provide books/texts that engage boys and girls and their interests.
EYFS/KS1 Early Readers
Phonetically decodable books are carefully matched to a child’s phonic knowledge so they only include sounds and “tricky words” that they have learnt so far. This means that they can use their phonics knowledge and skills to be successful and read independently. If they encounter a word they find hard, they can sound it out and then blend the sounds. There is no guess work! Research has shown that this method creates more rapid progress and
more engaged readers.
At Key Stage 2 books are organised into year groups with an appropriate range of challenge and content.Throughout the school, some books are chosen to correspond to cross curricular learning at an appropriate level.
Parents are encouraged to hear their child read every day, or as often as possible.
Many of our books are available for children and families to read online.