In Reception, we use a range of resources to teach early reading and to enable children to acquire and develop their phonics skills, ready for sustained application as they progress through the school. Phonics application is such an important part of progressing in reading and writing, so we teach discrete synthetic phonics lessons from the first week of school onward.
The EYFS team also follows a phonetically matched reading scheme, essential for ensuring children have opportunities to practise and embed knowledge of new sounds. The daily taught inputs are delivered in whole class and small group scenarios with individual and group additional interventions or pre-teaching where needed. Guided Reading is delivered throughout the week as whole class and small group activities. Children also read individually with the EYFS staff each week. The children’s Reading Record helps parents to support this at home too.
These approaches continue into Year 1, where children continue to develop their Phase 4 and 5 phonics skills, their individual reading fluency and application, as well as their specific reading skills, with Guided Reading sessions where approaches to reading, such as inference and prediction, are explicitly taught.
The school uses Pearson Active Learn and Bug Club 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. The scheme also provides progression for Key Stage 1 and 2, with stage matched assessments and further reading recommendations, to consolidate the children’s developing reading skills.
Have a look at these resources below to help support your child in learning and applying their phonics skills: