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The Shire MAT

 Reading and Phonics

Reading is at the heart of our curriculum and we base each half term around a quality children’s text. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 take part in Daily Reading sessions. Reading focuses upon the core skills required for reading comprehension. Staff are trained in the Power of Reading and understand the importance of high quality literature and how to use it creatively in the classroom in order to develop a lifelong love of reading.

The teaching of phonics is based on the Read, Write, Inc approach. Daily Phonic lessons take place in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One and phonics is an integral part of daily teaching and learning. The phonic sessions consist of review, teach, practice and apply.

Our Phonics aims:

  • To deliver high quality, systematic phonic teaching.

  • To establish consistent practice, progression and continuity in the teaching and learning of phonics and spelling throughout the school.

  • To differentiate phonics and spelling work according to the needs of pupils, so that all pupils are given sufficient challenge at a level at which they can experience success.

  • To ensure that the children apply phonic knowledge as their first approach to reading and spelling, with the ultimate goal being automatic and effortless fluent readers and confident writers.

  • To ensure that children have opportunities to read texts and words that are within their phonic capabilities as early as possible.

  • To encourage the children to attempt to spell words for themselves, within the range of their phonic knowledge, by building an individual repertoire and the confidence and strategies to attempt unfamiliar words.

  • To encourage repetition and consolidation, so that spelling becomes automatic.

  • To learn that blending and segmenting words are reversible processes.



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