Phonics and reading
Depth before breadth
Our first priority is to build a secure foundation in literacy and numeracy as the basis for all other learning. Pupils are taught to read, write and work with numbers fluently and confidently. Where pupils need extra support, it is provided to ensure that every child reaches and exceeds nationally expected standards.
Our English teaching focuses on speaking and listening, reading and writing using synthetic phonics and other reading strategies. We use the Read Write Inc. reading programme which is based on "synthetic phonics" that is, children learn what combinations of letters make all the different sounds in English and to blend these to make words and how to decode words when they see these combinations. You can find more details of how the scheme works and material to use helping your child at home here.
We have a team of four reading volunteers from the local community who come once a week to listen to readers. We welcome volunteers who want to join us and offer training in supporting readers.
The speed sounds are the foundation of the Read Write Inc. phonics programme and are the building blocks for reading. Children learn their sounds, starting with set 1 in reception, and then begin blending them into words, gradually increasing in difficulty. We aim for children to know sets 1, 2 and 3 by the end of year 1.
The Speed Sounds are taught as 'pure sounds' to make it simpler when blending them together to read words. This might be a little different to the way many adults learnt to read so we've compiled this video to help parents and carers become familiar with the pronunciation children will be using, hopefully making it easier for you to support them at home.