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Reading and Phonics

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” – Dr Seuss

At Sandilands we believe that by creating a love for reading and writing, our children will develop a lifelong appreciation of and desire for quality literature. We believe that the study of English develops children’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. It enables children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively.

Guided Reading is used throughout the school as a key teaching strategy. Teachers and Teaching Assistants work with each guided reading group throughout the week. Within these sessions there are lots of opportunities for discussions about the book and key skills are taught such as predicting and summarising.

Children are grouped according to ability and when not reading with an adult the children are given a purposeful reading activity to complete independently. Guided Reading texts are chosen to challenge the children and are based on a 90% accuracy rate.

The books that children take home are intended to be one reading band below the books that they are reading in Guided Reading. Children should be able to read these books independently and they are intended to allow the children a chance to practice their fluency, expression and further their understanding and comprehension.

Reading at home is promoted throughout the school with a weekly Reading Raffle. Each time children read at home they are given a raffle ticket which is then entered into a Key Stage draw.

Each class has a class novel or book which will be read by the class teacher throughout the week. The teacher will model reading this aloud to the class while allowing time for questioning and discussions. These carefully selected books ensure that all our children are exposed to a wide range of quality literature and that they develop an awareness of famous authors and different writing styles.

Phonics is taught through discrete daily sessions from Reception to Year 3. The school follows the “Letters and Sounds” programme. Children progress through letters and Sounds and soon become fluent readers. All phonics lessons follow a four part lesson including time to revisit, teach and model, practise and apply. Each child's phonics knowledge is monitored and assessed every term.  Children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are taught in mixed groups so that we ensure that teaching is matched to their stage of learning.