In Reception, we use a range of resources to teach early reading and to enable children to acquire and develop their phonics skills. Phonics application is such an important part of progressing in reading and writing so we teach phonics from Day 1.
The EYFS team does not use a specific programme of synthetic phonics teaching, choosing instead to follow our own scheme, devised using a range of resources and influences – we find that children make rapid progress in their acquisition of phonics skills using this daily, taught method. The children have discrete daily taught inputs delivered in whole class and small group scenarios. Guided Reading is delivered as whole class and small group activities too. Children also read individually with the EYFS staff throughout the week. The children’s Reading Record helps parents to support this at home too.
These approaches continue into Year 1, as children continue to develop their Phase 4 and 5 phonics skills, as well as their reading with Guided Reading sessions.
The whole school uses Pearson Active Learn as a reading scheme which includes giving parents access to the online portal which is great for developing independent reading and comprehension skills at home.