Children are introduced to phonics in Reception where they start Letters and Sounds: consolidating Phase One and learning to orally blend and segment before being introduced to phonemes through a multi-sensory approach using songs and actions from the Jolly Phonics Programme. Children then learn to blend in order to read, and segment, in order to write within Year R. Letters and Sounds is then continued in Year 1 and 2 where children learn alternative spellings and extend their phonological knowledge and understanding. Children are encouraged to apply their phonological understanding in all areas of the curriculum. Children use ICT to extend their learning and we have the Twinkl Phonics app as well as subscribing to Phonicsplay.
Reading is considered of paramount importance at Charlton C of E Primary and every child is given the skills to decode and blend words together, as well as being encouraged to use a variety of skills to read. Initially children are given non-worded Oxford Reading Tree books to encourage speech and language, story-telling, prediction skills and imagination. The Oxford Reading Tree scheme is combined with other reading schemes, as well as real story books and non-fiction texts. Guided reading sessions occur everyday and children are listened to regularly in Year R, 1 and 2 to ensure that they are given the opportunity to exceed their potential. From Year 1, children are encouraged to choose their own reading books from the KS1 library, which are colour coded so children can chose a book to match their reading ability. We encourage children to read at home as frequently as is possible in order to support the child’s learning.