‘The more that you read, the more things that you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go’ – Dr. Seuss.
The teaching of phonics in our school follows the ‘Floppy Phonics’ program, which begins with the systematic teaching of phonics in EYFS and is embedded through the daily teaching of phonics in Y1 and Y2. ‘Catch up’ phonic sessions are used for pupils requiring further phonic provision in KS2 and when pupils are ready, they progress onto exploring spelling patterns and rules using the National Curriculum spelling programme. We use the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme in EYFS and KS1. Some pupils benefit from ‘staged’ readers in KS2 to support phonic understanding but we encourage all pupils to use our school library to select ‘free’ readers in order for them to take ownership of their reading and develop their own reading preferences. Pupils enjoy class readers with their teachers.
We follow a systematic and daily approach to the teaching of spelling which follows the Read, Write Inc Spelling Programme. Pupils are taught in classes appropriate to their spelling level and ability which ensures that phonological knowledge and spelling patterns can be embedded.
Here at Thornley Primary School, we encourage a love for reading and reading for pleasure.
We have regular visits to the local library to loan books and hear story tellers. Each classroom has a designated reading area with lots of ‘free reader’ books, as well as our ‘staged readers’.
We use Oxford Reading Tree and Project X books. We have a weekly reading club as well as having plenty of opportunities to read as a class, in a group or 1:1 with an adult.
If you would like to know more about reading in our school, please ask one of our pupils to tell you more or contact Mrs Tateson (literacy coordinator).