Phonics & Reading

Throughout the school phonics is taught daily with a focus on using appropriate strategies to support the group.  With this in mind classes use Sounds Write as a primary model.

Sounds-Write is a stand-alone linguistic phonics programme that provides training in the teaching of reading and spelling for teaching practitioners working at primary and secondary levels. The programme is designed to be delivered whole class, small group, or one to one and all participants on our courses receive everything required to implement Sounds-Write at each of these levels.

Sounds-Write is acknowledged by the DfE as meeting ALL its criteria for an effective phonics teaching programme.  It is a very highly structured, multi-sensory, incremental and code-oriented, instructional approach to teaching children to read and spell. The Sounds-Write programme can be implemented in the classroom with a minimum of planning, preparation and expense, and it provides fast and effective teaching for children at all levels.

Once pupils begin to read they are assigned an appropriate level of book which matches the sounds write stages to read in school.  Pupils are encouraged to read daily in school and as much as possible at home.  The library holds a wide range of scheme books which allow pupils to progress their reading at an appropriate pace for them, with a range of subjects and topics for different ages.  Reading is assessed through the use of key words, progressing onto more formal tests of accuracy and comprehension which give age scores.  These are reported as part of the annual review process.

There is also a particular focus on making reading fun and accessible for pupils through websites like Teach your Monster to Read and Multi-Sensory books.