Phonics teaching and Reading at Hamsey Primary School
At Hamsey we believe that the secure acquisition of phonics skills in KS1 and KS2 is crucial in children learning to read and write. We base our teaching on the Letters and Sounds and Phonics Play programmes.
The children are taught the letter sounds, letter names and tricky words in a multi-sensory way. All children receive a whole class daily phonics lesson. Some children may require additional focused phonics to support their level of need and this will be delivered by either the class teacher or teaching assistant.
The Letters and Sounds programme, backed up with Phonics Play resources, supports the acquisition of phonic skills which in turn supports the development of a reading vocabulary.
Children usually start learning to read by relying on:
Gradually they begin to add more cueing strategies:
Letters and Sounds Programme
In conjunction with the Letters and Sounds programme teachers follow the guideline for the teaching of spellings as defined in the National Curriculum.
Reading is a strong focus throughout the school. Alongside teaching children to read, we believe reading for comprehension is of equal importance. We use a variety of strategies to teach reading, which include encouraging the children to use picture clues, phonics and contextual clues. A rich variety of books are available throughout the school, for example, picture books, big books, storybooks, poetry and non-fiction books.
All the books in KS1 and lower Key Stage 2 have a colour book banding to support early readers identify the level of text. In addition, book banded ‘real books’ are used for guided reading. All books link to age related expectations.
Teachers model reading strategies during shared reading sessions, whilst children have the opportunity to develop reading strategies and to discuss texts in detail during whole class and individual reading sessions. Each class reads a variety of whole class texts which include classical literature, modern fiction and narrative poetry.
Parental involvement is crucial in developing children’s reading. We involve parents closely in the school’s reading programme, beginning with the taking home of books for adults to read with their child.
Home/School Reading- Each child has a home/ school link reading book. Parents are asked to read with their children regularly and write a comment in the book. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1 classes take home a book from the banded books. These books are changed frequently by the child during school time.
In Key Stage 2 children continue to choose books to take home and read. We also have a selection of banded books appropriate for lower attaining pupils in Years three to six to support appropriate text choices. Children in KS2 are also encouraged to make independent choices with their reading and can choose between fiction and non-fiction books.