Phonics and Reading

Phonics

At Shamblehurst Primary School, early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach to reading. The school follows the government published programme “Letters and Sounds” which supports us in providing a multi-sensory approach to learning phonics. We use cued articulation to support children in articulation of sounds.

Pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds all through the word for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but are also taught high frequency words which do not completely follow the phonic rules. High frequency words are tested and taught throughout EYs and KS1 for both reading and spelling.

Reading Schemes

At Shamblehurt Primary School, we have continually updated our reading books to ensure that they are engaging for all children. We have a range of phonetically decodable books in EYs and KS1 to support the children’s phonic ability. Throughout a child’s early reading experience, we ensure that they are able to take home familiar books helping them to enjoy reading from an early age.

All of our reading books are colour banded from Year R to Year 6. This enables children to take home books that they can read easily and therefore practise the skill of reading, enabling reading at home to become a positive experience for all.

Reading for Pleasure

At Shamblehurst Primary School, we have developed a reading challenge. These books are bespoke to our school and are based on new authors as well as more traditional books. Children can earn bronze, silver and gold reading badges across the year.

We have invested in a book vending machine, which remains full of new and exciting books that the children can earn once they have completed their gold challenge badge.

We are currently working on developing an outside library which will enable our children to access books during lunchtimes.