Throughout Key stage 1 and early Key stage 2 we use the UK's number one reading programme, Oxford Reading Tree which we feel gives children the very best start.
The children love the familiarity of the characters.
- Teach - using systematic phonics resources and training that really work
- Practise - with more decodable readers than any other reading programme
- Offer richer reading - through a huge selection of stories with children's best-loved characters
- Bridge the gap - with support for the transition from phonics into richer reading
- Make progress - through careful levelling
- Support parents - with detailed inside cover notes in every title
Phonics teaching is a fun and child centered approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. Letters and Sounds is used as our phonics teaching programme. A range of resources are used throughout the school to deliver the content of letters and sounds. Letter phonemes and graphemes are taught using a multi-sensory approach which caters for different children's learning needs and styles.
The sounds are taught in a specific order in phases as outlined in Letters and Sounds. This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.
The five phases taught in Phonic are;
- Learning the letter sounds
Children are taught the 44 main letter sounds. This includes alphabet sounds as well as digraphs such as sh, th, ai and ue.
- Learning letter formation
Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.
Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.
- Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting)
Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.
- Tricky words
Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.