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Our Approach to the Teaching of Reading

We, like most Schools in the UK are now following a Synthetic Phonics programme. All such programmes teach children to pronounce letters in a very specific way. This is called 'pure sounds.' When children start school it is crucial that they develop phonic skills that allow them to precisely and accurately say the sound which each letter makes. Some staff and parents may find they are not sure about this as this is not how they were taught when they were at school. We hope you might find this web page helpful.

As children progress, they will deepen their understanding of the meaning of the text, rather than simply knowing how to link the letters in to sounds and pronounce words. Therefore, when the children are old enough (usually at some point during Year 1) they begin to participate in Guided Reading. This starts as a continuation of the teaching of how to decode unfamiliar words using phonic skills and quickly moves on to discussing the understanding of the text. During Classes 2 and 3, children are introduced to higher order reading skills in Guided Reading sessions such as inference and deduction as well as considering the authors intention, the effect of the text on the reader, and other focuses. For this reason, you may find that you child does not read as much of the text the classroom as you would expect. They will also be set independent tasks in the classroom and sometimes at home. This will reinforce the focus of the Guided Reading session.

Reading Schemes in Key Stage 1

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