Phonics and Reading

The teaching of synthetic phonics is developed through the use of the Letters and Sounds scheme, starting in the Foundation Stage, through Key Stage 1 and into Key Stage 2 if required.

The school uses a range of schemes including Dandelion Readers, Jelly and Bean and the Oxford Reading Tree which supports synthetic phonics in year R, 1 and 2. This enables our children to practise skills of a similar level in different contexts and also ensures our children experience a range of different styles of reading material. Books are all banded so they can be matched to children's developmental needs with the aim that children will move onto `real books' as soon as they are able to do so.

From years 2-6 we use Accelerated Reader (from April 2018)

Accelerated Reader gives teachers the information they need to monitor students’ reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning.

A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction. 

Because students receive regular feedback from Accelerated Reader, teachers and librarians are given many opportunities to praise students for their successes and to discuss with them what they have been reading. 
Accelerated Reader gives students significantly greater choice in levelled books and quizzes than any comparable reading programme. The importance of daily personalised reading practice cannot be overstated. Recent studies indicate that when students spend 25 minutes a day reading suitably challenging books which they successfully comprehend (demonstrated by achieving 90% or more on the reading practice quiz), then they will achieve optimal reading age growth. This is the power of personalised practice.
Over 31,000 reading practice quizzes are available on books from over 300 publishers and imprints. Independent of any publishing interests and suitable for students of primary and secondary age, AR ensures that there are plenty of books to interest every reader available on the programme.

The National Literacy Trust’s second independent research report into the reading habits of students using Accelerated Reader was published earlier this year.

“Children and young people who use Accelerated Reader tend to enjoy reading more, do it more often and think more positively about reading than their peers who do not use Accelerated Reader. They are also more likely to see a link between reading and their successes.”

Dr Christina Clark, National Literacy Trust

Phonics talk for parents November 2017

Phonics information for parents November 2017

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