How are Phonics and Reading taught?
We see early reading as an essential skill and place a strong emphasis on supporting all children to become confident readers at a young age.
Our curriculum promotes a love of reading, through events, a wide range of teaching resources and texts to engage readers. Children regularly visit the school library and are encouraged to enjoy choosing books to read and share. Pupils continually use their reading skills to research and apply knowledge across the curriculum and into their writing.
There are planned programmes for the teaching of phonics and reading across the school. Teaching matches the needs and ability of individual pupils and supports appropriate progression. In Early Years and Key Stage 1 phonic skills are developed through highly focused, short daily sessions using our bespoke synthetic phonics programme. We have fully adapted the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme to bring it in line with current requirements and best practice. This has ensured that the content of the programme we teach meets the individual and collective requirements of our High Lane pupils.
Home reading books in school are organised so that they align to a progressive national, colour banded, and levelling system. The school offers a wide range of books including fiction, non-fiction and poetry within each colour band. All pupils are encouraged to take books home and read as widely as possible. The school recognises and values the significant role of parents in further developing reading skills.