Phonics and Reading Schemes
At Wilby CEVC Primary School, reading is delivered through books and resources from Collins and Oxford University Press , both well-established and popular reading schemes which are highly successful in teaching children how to read. These stories are carefully written using simple, natural-sounding language that children can understand. Key words are repeated throughout the storybooks so that children can gradually increase the number of words they can recognise and read.
The Oxford Reading Tree has twelve stage. Children start at Stage 1 when they arrive at Wilby C of E Primary School, and gradually progress up the tree to Stage 11 (typically in Upper Key Stage 2). When a child exceeds Stage 11, they become a ‘free reader’, and can select their own suitably-challenging reading materials from the class libraries.
In addition to this we use resources from other reading schemes to provide extension and reinforcement as appropriate to your child's needs.
Phonics – the direct teaching and learning of the sounds and spelling patterns of English - is taught every day in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. This will either be by a phonics-trained teaching assistant or the child’s class teacher. Children in Key Stage 2 who still require regular phonics teaching – ie. still below phase 6 – are also taught phonics in small focus groups.
Phonics is planned using Letters and Sounds, a widely-used and effective resource created produced by the Department For Education, which provides the basis for our systematic, clear teaching of sounds and spelling patterns. Once children have surpassed the final phase of Letters and Sounds, they begin a spelling program which ensures that children visit all the spelling patters and sight vocabulary necessary to fulfill National Curriculum objectives. To enhance the teaching of Phonics we use Guided Reading session in both the Foundation Stage and Key Stage. Phonic Bug and a variety of Apps are also used in conjunction with Letters and Sounds in Key Stage 1 to provide a firm, fun foundation for Phonics.
Training on the use of Letters and Sounds has been delivered to all teaching staff by our Standards and Excellence officer and all staff in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have attended phonics training specific to the stages they deliver.