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Hall Green Primary School

Reading and Phonics

We aim to teach and encourage children to become confident, fluent, enthusiastic and independent readers who can read for a purpose including pursuit of knowledge and enjoyment.

We also teach children how to be critical about texts they have read, reflecting on their own experiences and relating them back to the texts they have experienced. They are encouraged to develop opinions about books and understand the writers voice.

All children have guided reading sessions as well as the opportunity to take home independent readers. This allows them the opportunity to work both 1:1 with adults and within small groups, allowing them to share and discuss the texts. The books are banded and children work through the banding system at school so that they are adequately challenged

Across the school, we use a range of readers published by Nelson Thornes Ltd, including those on the PM Plus, PM Reader and Rigby scheme. In Key Stage 1 and 2, we also use a variety of Lighthouse texts.

We know how important reading is as it opens the door to learning and therefore, we carry out rigorous teaching of synthetic phonics in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and to specific groups of children across Key Stage 2. These lessons are daily and phonic progression is regularly and closely monitored. In Nursery, our children are introduce to a programme called ‘Sally’ which teaches many core skills such as listening, attention, memory, sequencing and discrimination between sounds around them. The children then move into Reception where they are grouped based on phonic ability into phonics groups. Children then follow the letters and sounds programme which is supported by Jolly Phonic games and rhymes. This is continued throughout Year 1 and Year 2. If it is deemed necessary, this phonic scheme is then used as an intervention strategy throughout Key Stage 2.

To support your child’s reading and early phonics, please encourage them to sound out the letters in a word and then blend them together to make the whole word. Encourage children to use pure sounds, without adding unclear sounds (also known as the ‘schwa’). When writing, children should be encouraged to use their phonics to segment (break up) words into their smallest part and record these parts to make a whole word.

We hope you are able to enjoy the experiences of sharing story books with your child, supporting them as they encounter and learn new words.