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Reading Schemes & Phonics teaching


Phonics teaching

Reading is taught through systematic synthetic phonics. Teachers in Foundation stage and Key Stage One plan using the DFE Guidance ‘Letters and Sounds’. In Foundation stage the Jolly Phonics scheme offers an engaging and stimulating framework. The children especially enjoy using puppets and actions to help them to remember the sounds. In both FS and KS1, the children learn phonics via a range of experiences including interactive whiteboard based games, table top games, songs and rhymes and tactile resources. Achievement in the Y1 phonics screening in 2013 showed Nawton was above the national average.


Learning to read.

Children are  given opportunities to visit the library and to take books home from Reception. We are also developing a range of story sacks both for use in school and to take home and share. Our reading scheme books are colour-banded and include a core of Oxford Reading Tree scheme books as well as other scheme material such as Collins Big Cats. We have recently invested in a large number of phonically decodable books  called ’ Phonics Bug’. These are sent home alongside book banded readers. Feedback from the children tells us that they love the engaging stories and illustrations in the Phonics Bug books and we aim to expand our collection of these as funds allow. Colour-banding is used to guide the children in their reading choices into Key Stage 2 and we aim to offer a range of authors, genres and  styles to ensure a varied diet of books is available.


Reading to learn

We are very proud of our recently refurbished library. It is an inviting space where  children can browse and choose books to take home to read. All families are asked to complete a lending agreement to ensure that books are well taken care of. Regular book and bun sales are held to recycle books which are getting past their best and to raise funds to buy new stock. These are well supported and very popular. We have also been fortunate to receive a grant from the local churches, as well as funds raised through the ‘Friends’, to buy new books. Year 6 pupil librarians share responsibility with Mrs Collyer and Mrs Minister for keeping the library tidy and ensuring new books are correctly banded. Our Year 6 librarians often organise quizzes and displays to encourage children to use the library.


Support for phonics and reading

Where individual children fall behind in their reading we have a range of support materials and interventions available. Some children need time to consolidate their phonics skills and we use the ‘Jelly and Bean’ reading scheme to support them. We also have some dual banded Collins readers which are aimed at engaging reluctant  readers in Y2 – Y4.  In Year 5 and 6 Wellington Square is used in additional guided reading sessions with a skilled teaching assistant for those pupils falling behind. Word walls, reading buddies  and regular reading aloud to an adult are also  part of our practice.

One member of the teaching staff is training as a ‘Phonics Counts’ teacher. This allows for intensive 1 to 1 support to boost phonics and reading over the period of about a term. We have a teaching assistant trained in ‘Reading Intervention’, which is another intensive 1 to 1 support programme, designed to boost children’s reading ages over a period of a term. Snappy phonics is a further intensive intervention for pupils from Y2 who may need further phonics revision, teaching and/or practice at using phonics as the prime approach to decoding.



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