From Y1, pupils have a home reader and continue to take home books for sharing with their parents alongside their own reading book. All children are asked to continue learning unknown High Frequency Words and read at least three times weekly. We hope that these habits continue as pupils get older – once they are independent readers, pupils select their own reading material, but we still ask for your support in discussing and reading with your child three times weekly
We use the Bug Club Reading Scheme throughout school. Home readers are also supplemented by a range of other schemes e.g. Oxford Reading Tree.
At New Brancepeth Primary School, early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach to reading. Pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds all through the word for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but are also taught high frequency words which do not completely follow the phonic rules.
At New Brancepeth Primary School we firmly believe that good phonics teaching is at the heart of successful early reading and writing experiences. Prior to 2018 the school used Read, Write Inc. but staff felt this was not impacting on children’s learning and was reviewed. As a result of this there has been significant investment recently. We have purchased letters and sounds boxes, a new reading scheme and online resources to support teaching and learning and accelerate the children’s progress.
The school follows the government published programme “Letters and Sounds” using resources from the “Phonics Play” a subscription website which supports us in providing a multi-sensory approach to learning phonics. For more information about phonics, including a video of how to pronounce the phonemes (sounds), please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJx1NSineE
Timescales given in Letters and Sounds act as a guide and staff across school adapt these timeframes to suit the needs of groups and individuals. Phases may also be revisited e.g. Phase 4 at the beginning of Year 1.
Letters and Sounds – A Summary
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
|Phase||Phonic Knowledge and Skills|
|Phase One (Nursery/Reception)||Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.|
|Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks||Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.|
|Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks||The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the “simple code”, i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.|
|Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks||No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.|
|Phase Five (Throughout Year 1)||Now we move on to the “complex code”. Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.|
|Phase Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond)||Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.|