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Phonics and Early Reading

At Grasby All Saints we aim to ensure that every child leaves our school as a confident and fluent reader.
We use phonics as our prime approach to teaching children to read. Children are taught in groups using a programme called ‘Letters and Sounds’. Children move through the phases of this programme and develop their understanding of letter sounds (phonemes) and shapes (graphemes). Children learn individual sounds; those made from more than one letter e.g. ll.ss, ff etc. and then start to blend sounds to make words and segment them to spell.
Children move onto to understand that some sounds can be written in different ways e.g. /ee/ can be written as ee, ea, e-e, y.
Children have a daily phonic session. Teachers use interactive games, pen board activities and practical games and tasks to make the sessions interesting and fun. Children in Year One complete a screening check during the summer term. This is to ensure they are developing the essential skills to support them with increasing reading demands in Year Two. Last year (2014/15) 93% of our children reached the required level in this assessment.
On entry to school, parents are invited to an essential session to explain how phonics is taught. Letters and sounds are demonstrated and materials we use in school are available to look at. Parents are encouraged to look at the video below to hear the correct pronunciation of letter sounds. It is important that everyone supporting a child with early reading uses the same approach.

Once children start to learn their letter sounds the link below is a site is a useful source of activities and games.
Children’s early reading is supported with a phonic based reading programme.
We use Oxford Reading Tree as our main scheme. This is supplemented with a wide variety of fiction and non fiction texts. Children have a home reader, choice book and also read other materials in their guided reading session which takes place weekly in class. Children are encouraged to read for meaning in all areas of the curriculum.

Link: Phonic Games