Reading and Phonics

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Across school we have been delivering a Thriving Reading Programme across a cohort of pupils. The programme is delivered in class by our specialist teaching assistants to enhance each child’s  confidence and    reading ability. The sessions take place three times a week for 15 minutes per session.

The programme helps to:

– advance your child’s reading skills and abilities.
– provides opportunities to work on developing comprehension
– develop literacy based skills, i.e. phonics, letter formation

Not only is this a great booster session academically but it develops self confidence and satisfaction as the children notice how they are progressing.

Phonics

A personalised approach is used to teach phonics across school to meet the complex needs of the children. Letters and Sounds is used to assess phonics across the key stages and teaching is modified to enhance the delivery of phonics.

Reading Scheme

At Central, we have a structured approach for reading. Learning to read is a vital skill and important part of the learning process.

The aim of our well-planned delivery of the Oxford Tree Reading Scheme is to:

– foster home-school co-operation in your child’s learning
– develop a love of reading
– consolidate and extend the work of the class teacher
– help the children acquire skills of reading and literacy
– encourage independent learning in children
– promote a positive attitude to reading and acquiring knowledge

We recognise that reading done at home on a regular basis can significantly enhance the progress of your children. A reading book is therefore sent home with your child on a nightly basis. The type of book will vary according to the age, aptitude and stage of development of your child.

A range of reading activities will also be sent home on occasions depending on the age and ability of your child. We strongly encourage you to read with your child on a regular basis to help them to gain skills and knowledge from you listening to them read.

 

Thriving Reading Programme

Across school we have been delivering a Thriving Reading Programme across a cohort of pupils. The programme is delivered in class by our specialist teaching assistants to enhance each child’s  confidence and reading ability. The sessions take place three times a week for 15 minutes per session.

The programme helps to:

  • advance your child’s reading skills and abilities.
  • provides opportunities to work on developing comprehension
  • develop literacy based skills, i.e. phonics, letter formation

Not only is this a great booster session academically but it develops self confidence and satisfaction as the children notice how they are progressing.

Frequently asked questions about reading

Which reading schemes are commonly used in schools?

At Central we have a range of reading materials/books to choose from. The most popular is Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) and the children follow the Oxford Reading Tree Programme. The books are new, bright and fresh, and the stories are about events that children can relate to.

How are the schemes devised?

Reading schemes are developed in conjunction with literacy experts. Oxford Reading Tree scheme begins in the Foundation Stage and progressively become more difficult. For example, Key Stage 1 books are written with a mix of high-frequency and decodable words to develop a range of reading strategies, while Key Stage 2 books cover a wide range of genres and subjects, linking to the curriculum.

How many books do children read at each stage?

The number of books at each level depends on how much practice children need at that stage. The scheme also has offshoot books alongside the core texts. In addition to the classic Biff, Chip and Kipper texts, Oxford Reading Tree offers other strands, such as Songbirds Phonics, Snapdragon variety fiction, and Fireflies non-fiction, to develop children’s reading range.

What do the different levels mean?

Children learn to read at their own pace, but as a guide, the most popular reading schemes are broken down as follows:

Oxford Reading Tree:

  • Stage 1: 3.5 to 4.5 years
  • Barcelona Children ReadingStage 1+: 4.5 to 5 years
  • Stage 2: 4.5 to 5 years
  • Stage 3: 5 to 5.5 years
  • Stage 4: 5 to 5.5 years
  • Stage 5: 5.5 to 6 years
  • Stage 6: 6 to 6.5 years
  • Stage 7: 6.5 to 7 years
  • Stage 8: 7 to 7.5 years
  • Stage 9: 7.5 to 8 years

What other resources are available?

Oxford Reading Tree has additional resources that support the core texts. These include CD-ROMs, talking stories, puppets, stickers, comprehension sheets and software.

How can you help if your child is lagging behind?

Children learn to read at different rates, so it shouldn’t become competitive. If your child is struggling, don’t push him to read, but keep reading to him, and talk about what you read. This will help him to become inquisitive about books and want to read for himself. One good strategy is to take the focus off reading aloud, instead, let your child read a page to themselves, and then ask them questions about it. When children are learning to read, it’s difficult for them to take in the message of the story if all their attention is on reading aloud.

 

Useful Links

(Knowsley Central cannot accept responsibility for any information included in the websites below)

Link to Oxford Owl Website

Oxford Owl – help your child’s reading

 

Link to Words For Life WebsiteWords for life – Support reading for parents

 

Link to Top 10 Reading SitesRecommended sites – top ten reading websites for developing reading

 

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