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,
We introduce phonics through Letters and Sounds. Key words and sounds for reading and writing are introduced weekly in each year group. Initially children use their Jolly Phonics Actions to sound out phonemes.
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.