Reading and Phonics
The new draft National Curriculum for English states that “reading widely and often opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious minds.”
At Ledbury Primary School, we strive to create a passion for literacy in our pupils, inspiring all children to fall in love with reading for life and value this as one of the best ways to hook children into reading and writing. Children from Nursery to Year 6 are exposed to quality children’s literature and creative teaching approaches.
Children also choose reading material from their class book corners, our newly developed school library and from a variety of reading schemes where books are grouped using the nationally recognized book banding system. Children read to a teacher at least once a week, either in a Guided Reading session or individually.
We teach synthetic phonics daily in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, based on the Read Write Inc. scheme. Children are encouraged to use phonic techniques (decoding and sounding out) to read and spell words but “tricky” (high frequency) words are taught and learnt discretely. When learning to read, we also encourage children to make use of other strategies such as using contextual and picture clues, which support reading for meaning.