Phonics and reading

Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.

At Ashmole Primary School we use a phonics programme called "Letters and Sounds" which teaches children how to decode words. Alongside this, teachers develop children’s comprehension skills within reading lessonsand when reading with a child one to one. This all enables every child to become a confident and fluent reader.

 In Nursery all children will…

  • Take part in daily phonics sessions in a whole class or small group setting
  • Take part in shared whole class reading sessions
  • Have access to a book corner in their classroom, as well as access to a well-stocked school library
  • Take part in whole school reading events, such as World Book Day

In Reception all children will:

  • Have daily phonics lessons that are tailored to their ability/individual needs
  • Read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge, that they will read at home and at school
  • Regular reading with an adult
  • Have access to a book corner in their classroom, as well as access to a well-stocked school library
  • Learn to decode words using phonics as their main approach, alongside building a sight vocabulary of non-decodable words
  • Learn to spell using known sounds
  • Write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first
  • Take part in whole school reading events, such as World Book Day

In Year 1 and Year 2 all children….

  • Have daily phonics lessons that are tailored to their ability/individual needs
  • Read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge, that they will read at home and at school
  • Regular reading with an adult
  • Begin to read with fluency and expression
  • Learn to spell using a wider range of known sounds
  • Write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first, applying their phonics knowledge
  • Have access to a book corner in their classroom, as well as access to a well-stocked school library that they can visit at lunchtimes
  • Take part in whole school reading events, such as story assemblies and World Book Day

In Year 3 to Year 6 all children....

  • Daily reading lessons
  • Regular reading with an adult
  • Children who require additional phonics tuition will receive sessions as a booster intervention
  • Have access to a book corner in their classroom, as well as access to a well-stocked school library that they can visit during lunchtimes
  • Become accurate and speedy readers, with an increased focus on understanding what they have read
  • Begin to focus on writing detailed responses to texts that require the skills of fact retrieval, inference and deduction
  • Take part in whole school reading events, such as story assemblies and World Book Day

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