Phonics and Reading
All children from Nursery to Y2 receive daily, systematic, synthetic phonics lessons, following the Letters and Sounds programme, to develop their awareness of letter sounds and their ability to blend (read) and segment (spell) fluently. Key Stage 2 children also access daily sessions if their own phonics understanding needs further development. Children are grouped into different ‘phases’ for these lessons to ensure their individual needs, which are highlighted through rigorous and regular assessments, are being met.
At Preston Primary, we see the development of children’s reading as a very high priority. From Nursery through to the end of KS2, we cater for every child, through targeted teaching and intervention programmes. Reading for enjoyment is promoted and encouraged, both at school and at home.
Our Reading Schemes
- Reading Rockets – Foundation Stage
- Songbirds – Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
- Oxford Reading Tree – Year 1
- Collins Pathways – Year 2 & Key Stage 2
- Heinemann Literacy World – Key Stage 2
- Oxford Literacy Web – Key Stage 2
All children engage in reading sessions with their teachers and teaching assistants. From Early Years, children begin formally taking reading books home, beginning with Storytelling Books (which are books without words) and then, as their phonics ability allows children to read words, books containing words and sentences, which allows phonics to become embedded into their everyday reading practice. In Y1, children read weekly, on a one-to-one basis with their teacher. Daily guided reading sessions are used from Y2 to Y6. Children are grouped according to their reading and comprehension abilities.
Further reading activities are delivered through English lessons and other areas of the curriculum.
Intervention programs are in place for those children who will benefit from a more targeted, one-to-one approach to reading. This involves children accessing a reading ‘Catch-Up’ scheme, enabling these children to become more confident in their reading ability and empowering them to achieve their potential.
Further information on our approach to reading can be found in our Reading Strategy. Click above to view it.