At Chester-le-Street CE Primary School we adopt the Letters and Sounds approach to our teaching of Phonics. Pupils are receive daily systematic phonics teaching in small groups which targets their individual phonic stage of development. Each day pupils are introduced to new a phoneme and practice reading and spelling words with this sound. Alongside this, pupils are taught to read and spell high frequency words to improve fluency and speed reading.
Our daily phonics teaching follows this sequence:
Revisit and review
- Practise previously learned letters
- Teach a new phoneme
- Teach blending and segmentation with phoneme
- Practise reading and or spelling words with the new letter
- Read and write a caption using one or more high-frequency words and words containing the new sound.
Reading in the Early Years and Key Stage 1
Pupils who are still learning to decode through phonics will receive a phonics book which has words containing sounds that they can read. These books are fully decodable and matched to Letter and Sounds. The fine phonic progression ensures that all children can access the series as they embed their whole-class phonic teaching.
We have chosen Hero Academy to motivate our young readers and turn them into reading superheroes! Created with the help of world-renowned author and illustrator duo, Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, former children’s laureate, the inspirational fiction titles cover Reception to Year 2.
In addition to Hero Academy phonic books, pupils at Chester-le-Street CE Primary School can also access Alien Adventure Books which are part of an award-winning independent reading series for Reception. It is based around an exciting space adventure to engage boys and ignite a love of reading.
Reading for Experience Books
Pupils in the Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 will also receive a reading for experience book from the Oxford Reading Tree series. These books are to read alongside an adult as a shared reading experience. These books help pupils to develop an understanding of story structure, characters and setting. Pupils may not be able to read all of the words in these books as they may yet to be taught the sounds needed. We encourage pupils however to read known high frequency words, recognise tricky words and use pictures as clues.
Reading in Key Stage 2
Pupils in Key Stage 2 may still receive an Oxford Reading Tree scheme book in order to further develop their fluency.
Once pupils from Year 3 onwards are able to read fluently, they can choose a non-scheme book from their class library which are age appropriate in difficulty and content. These books have been carefully selected so pupils have access to the latest releases and enjoy the best stories and poems by high quality authors.
All year groups in Key Stage 2 are able to access and borrow from the school library as a further reading for pleasure opportunity.
Reading Core Offer
At Chester-le-Street Primary School we have developed a Reading Core Offer which details the strategies that we use to develop: fluency, comprehension and engagement. It is through this core offer that we aspire to build a life long love of reading in each and every child.
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