Reading and Phonics
In our school we have a core reading scheme called Oxford Reading Tree (ORT). The books are colour coded and we have non reading scheme books as well as ORT so that the children have a wide range of reading. The books are colour coded so that the teachers can track their progress. The attainment in reading in our school is high which is why we have extension reading books in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. These are non- scheme fiction and non-fiction books.
Before the children are given an ORT book in Reception they have picture books to develop early reading skills, for example opening the book the correct way.
In ORT the children have to learn to read key words by sight as well as the reading books. This sight vocabulary is taught and assessed up to ORT 6. This supports the child when reading a new book. As well as sight vocabulary the children are taught other reading skills. They blend the phonemes (sounds) to build up words, look at pictures for clues and read on to get the sense of the text.
As well as individual reading the children will read in a guided group and in class sessions. There are many opportunities for children to apply their reading skills for example labels in the inside and outside areas, signs and instructions in the learning environment.
In our school every child is given a book bag with a comment book. This is so they can read at home with their grown up as well as at school.
As a school we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics Scheme. Further information about this can be found by clicking the link below.