Phonics and Reading

The National Curriculum for English (2014) aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

Phonics

What is phonics?

Words are made up of sounds called phonemes.  Phonics teaches children to listen carefully to each sound in the word so that they can begin to use them for reading and spelling.

Children are taught the skills of blending (sounding out each sound in order to combine them together to read a word) and segmenting (break up the sounds in a word to help them write it).

Why do we teach phonics?

There is a lot of research to support the view that phonics is the most effective way of teaching children to learn to read.  By providing them with the skills to tackle new words they can become fluent readers.

How do we teach phonics?

At Colnbrook, children in Reception and Year 1 and if required Year 2, take part in a 20 minutes  phonics lesson each day.  We teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds guidance.  In addition to phonics lessons, children have class reading and guided reading to help support them practice these phonics skills and develop a love of reading.

How can I support my child?

If you would like to support your child in their phonics learning, here are some great websites our children love using:

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

http://www.mrthorne.com/

Reading

Support reading

All children, starting from Nursery, are encouraged to select books from the classroom, library or home to share with their parents to encourage a love of reading.

Once children have a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, they access our Book Banded reading scheme which consists of books from a variety of published schemes, such as; Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Stars and Alpha Kids. Each book band contains a variety of fiction and non-fiction books to provide our children with experience of reading a variety of genres.

Once children are able to read fluently, confidently and with a good understanding they move on to free readers which can be selected from class collections, the school library, local library or home.

The children also have access to eBooks through 'Bug Club.' These books are allocated to pupils on a regular basis and changed when the pupil has completed the comprehension questions for that book.

If you would like free access to some fantastic eBooks, why not visit www.oxfordowl.co.uk. There are over 260 books for you to read with your child at home and with lots of ideas on how to support your child with reading.

Teaching reading

Comprehension and reading sessions take place for all classes from Year 1 to Year 6. We focus on the key skills needed for reading and understanding.

Supporting your child

The best way to support your child is to read with them on a daily basis and talk to them about the book.