Reading at Belmont
Phonics and Reading Schemes Used In EYFS and Key Stage 1
What is phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to:
- Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
- Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as 'ch' or 'ng'; and
- Blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.
Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.
Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. It is particularly helpful for children aged 5 to 7.
Almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics will learn the skills they need to tackle new words. They can then go on to read any kind of text fluently and confidently, and to read for enjoyment. Children who have been taught phonics also tend to read more accurately than those taught using other methods, such as ‘look and say’. This includes children who find learning to read difficult, for example those who have dyslexia.
How do we teach phonics?
In school, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills which consists of six phases.
Discreet phonics sessions are taught daily and are fun and multi-sensory to appeal to different learning styles.
Reading at Belmont School
In KS1 and KS2, children will have opportunities to read frequently during whole class English lessons. This may involve reading together as a class from the board or reading/sharing a range of texts.
In Reception, towards the end of the school year, children participate in shared/group reading activities to prepare them for guided reading in KS1.
Whole class Reading – Year 1 to Year6
The intention of this is to expand pupils' vocabulary and deepen their understanding of the texts they are reading. We do this through re-reading sections looking closely at the elements which require further understanding, keeping in mind that children must learn to retrieve information (R), interpret meaning (I) and comment on the author's choice of vocabulary or style (C). Questions check pupils' understanding of previous extracts as well as the current text in order to enhance their memory.
In EYFS and KS1 children read independently (often with an adult) on a frequent basis. In key stage 2, children who need more individual support will receive help on a one to one or small group basis.
In Key Stage One and EYFS, children access banded reading books, which includes a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts.
At the start of the school year, your child’s class teacher and the Phase Leader will have informed you about classroom routines for each class with regards to reading books/reading home learning activities.
We emphasise the need for parents to take an active role in their child’s education, supporting the developing reader and encouraging open lines of communication through reading logs that must be completed online using the Microsoft My Teams portal.