Reading and Phonics

At Thorngumbald Primary School we use predominantly the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, supplemented by other schemes as appropriate to teach and enthuse the children to read. Our books are organised into colour bands and the children progress through these as they develop their skills. Children read every day in guided reading groups. As children are ready we introduce comprehension tasks, initially orally and then written ones from Y1. The children have a large selection of books from which they can chose home readers, and children are encouraged to read at least four times a week. All children have a reading record book which has question stems to support parents in developing comprehension skills, which they keep in their book bag,

EYFS/Key Stage 1

Phonics lessons take place daily for a minimum of 20 minutes across EYFS and Key Stage 1. We follow the LCP scheme which is based on Letters and sounds and we follow the structure of ‘Review, Teach, Practise and Apply to ensure that children are consolidating phonic knowledge and skills over time and that they are able to apply them in context.

Consequently, wherever possible, links between phonics knowledge and understanding are made to learning in both Reading and Writing. These lessons proceed at pace and incorporate a wide range of practical and interactive activities to engage the children.

Children are taught in small groups. They are grouped according to their phonic knowledge which is assessed by the class teacher. As children progress at different rates, these groups are changed regularly.

Each class has a book area which is visually stimulating and contains a selection of high quality books which encourage children to read for pleasure. We also have a well stocked and organised school library with a range high of high quality books to encourage the enjoyment of a range of genres and support children’s interests.

We endeavour to promote a love of reading amongst our pupils. We help them to develop the fluency that they need to access a range of children’s literature and the understanding that they need to discuss the texts that they read.

Click on the link to take you to the Pronounce the Sounds website. This will guide you through the correct pronunciation of each of the 44 sounds used in Phonics.

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