Our intention for Reading at Park Spring is for pupils to have a knowledge of a variety of literature, genres and authors. For pupils to read easily, fluently and with good understanding of texts appropriate to their age group, with intonation. For pupils to develop a love of reading for pleasure, as well as for information, by reading widely and often. For pupils to acquire strategies to enable them to become independent learners in English (spelling rules and patterns and how to tackle unfamiliar words when reading).
We’re currently switching over to a new Phonics scheme. The information here is updated as we transition.
Phonics is the foundation stone for reading and for lifelong learning. Children need to learn to read as quickly as reasonably possible, so they can move from learning to read to reading to learn.
Children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic phonics approach, using the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Programme. It’s an approach to teaching phonics in which the sounds of spoken English are matched to individual letters or groups of letters. For example, the sound f can be spelled as f, ff, or ph.
In Reception and Year 1, we teach a daily phonics lesson. In Reception, we start with a 10-minute lesson, with additional daily oral blending games. This builds to the full 30-minute lesson when appropriate for the children.
We follow Little Wandle’s expectation of progress. This sets out the learning which will happen in Phase 2, 3, 4 and 5 across the Reception and Year 1 terms.
When children are in Year 2 and beyond, the focus shifts from phonics to spelling. For some individuals who are not fully fluent at reading or have not passed the Phonics Screening Check, we continue to timetable daily phonics lessons.
Reading in school
We use a combination of Rising Star Rocket Phonics (that have been matched with the Little Wandle progression) and Collins Big Cat Little Wandle Letters and Sounds revised to practise phonics (and therefore practise reading). Children in Reception and Year 1 read the same book, matched to children’s phonic knowledge, at least three times across the week in school. The books are to practise the skills of reading:
In Year 2, we continue to teach reading in this way for any children who still need to practise reading with decodable books.
Year 2 and 3 read levelled books from the Rising Stars Rocket Phonics scheme and once children have read these books, they move on to reading Oxford Reading Tree levelled books. We use these books for children throughout Key Stage 2.
Alongside this learning to read practice, there are plenty of opportunities to read including daily story time and daily ERIC time (Everybody Reading In Class).
Reading at home
To practise reading, the same practice book that’s been read in school is then available to read at home as an e-text or we send the physical book home. Because we’ve read it at least three times in school, your child should be able to read the text independently. If they’re reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.
To develop a love of reading, your child takes home a separate book which is chosen from our class or key stage libraries. To encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it’s important that they learn to read for pleasure. This sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.
We have a Park Spring ‘Reading for Pleasure’ list which lists books and stories for each year group that are age appropriate for children to either enjoy reading or be read to. They include some classic books and some more recent books by new authors that we have enjoyed in school. We have lots of these books in school but if you are looking to buy some books for your child to read at home, this will be of use.