St Charles' Phonics and Reading Curriculum
English is taught, throughout the school, with the use of key basic skills being embedded across the curriculum. English lessons take place every day and spelling, grammar and punctuation are integral to our English teaching and learning. Presentation of work is given a high priority and our preferred handwriting style is reinforced.
Reading is taught through a systematic programme of phonics. Children in Nursery are made aware of sounds around them and the focus is on aural awareness and development. As children progress into Reception class, this basis is built upon via daily phonics sessions and opportunities to practice what they have learnt outside of these sessions. Pupils begin with picture-only books and are encouraged to talk about what they can see, before moving on to phonetically decodable books.
Commonly used words (‘High frequency’ words) are taught as part of phonics sessions. The school follows the 'Read Write Inc' phonics programme which begins in Nursery and continues until children are confident and speedy readers, who decode accurately and read for meaning.
Knowledge of high frequency words, development of reading skills and reading for meaning are embedded through guided reading with the teaching staff, and further practised at home with additional reading books. This practice continues into Key Stage 1 and early Key Stage 2 as appropriate. KS1 pupils read weekly with their teacher and take a separate reading book home for consolidation. Teachers share texts with their classes daily to embed reading skills.
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In 2017, 93% of Year 1 pupils passed the National Phonics Screen. Additional support is put in place for pupils who may need further consolidation of sounds taught. This occurs throughout KS1, beginning in Autumn term in Year 1 and will continue throughout and into KS2 if necessary.
At Key Stage 2, children take part in regular specific reading skills lessons which develop their comprehension and inference skills, as well as having daily opportunities to read independently and from a class novel. They are encouraged to read widely for their own pleasure, enjoyment and information. These reading activities also help to support children as they learn to ‘read as writers’ and ‘write as readers’.