Phonics & Reading
At Brookland Infant and Nursery School our aim is for the children to develop a love of reading.
We follow a detailed and systematic program for teaching phonics for children starting by the age of 4, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by the age of 7.
We follow the 'Little Wandle Revised Letters and Sounds 2021' and ‘Support for Spelling’ phonics schemes to deliver high quality phonic teaching within a language rich curriculum that facilitates high standards in reading and writing. Our approach, aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.
There are five overlapping phases which are taught in a daily discrete session in all classes from Nursery to Year 2. Children are encouraged to apply their phonic skills in reading and writing across all subjects in our curriculum.
Year 1 Phonics Screening
The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check is a statutory assessment of your child’s phonics knowledge which takes place in the Summer Term of Year 1.
Your child will sit with a familiar adult and be asked to read 40 words aloud. Your child may have read some of the words before, while others will be completely new. The check will only take a few minutes to complete and there is no time limit. We use this a way to identify gaps and ensure suitable provision is provided to support all children.
We all play an important role in helping children to develop into confident readers. We believe that both school and home, working together in partnership, will encourage and create a love of reading. Reading materials can be books borrowed from the school, obtained from the local library or from your child’s own collection.
Children start learning to read from a very early age; recognising signs, pictures and print in the environment all around them.
Being read to is very important as is using songs and rhyme. Children will also develop an interest in holding books independently and looking through them. Children will begin to know how books work and that people make them. They will start predicting the contents from the cover, title and illustrations.
Illustrations play an important part in early reading. They give clues to the reader about the storyline and the text, they provide information about the setting, share an insight into the characters and support retelling in the correct order.
The use of repetitive text in early reading is vital as this will develop confidence in the reader; enabling them to join in with the storyteller.
Reading in School
We believe reading is a key aspect of developing a child’s learning and supports every child to access the wider curriculum.
Reading at School takes place in a number of different ways:
Guided Reading or ERIC (Everybody Reading in Class) sessions take place every day. Over the course of the week each child will read with their class teacher. Children read, answer comprehension questions and discuss the text. In school, children may read a more challenging text than the one they bring home. This is called ‘reading at instructional level’ as they are being supported by the teacher. The children who are not reading with the teacher take part in other reading activities. These vary in each year group and may include: being read to, independent reading, book reviews, library sessions or comprehension activities.
Teachers record their observations relating to attainment, progress and future targets.
We have a diverse range of books to support your child’s reading within the school, and we hope this will enable your child to experience a range of authors and styles.
All children can borrow books from an extensive range in our school library. All classes have an allocated time during the school week and have the opportunity to choose a book of their choice. The library book may be a favourite, familiar book that can be read independently or a more challenging book to share, read and talk about. The library book is returned weekly in the book bag.
It is expected that children spend 10 minutes each night reading with a member of their family/carers. The reading scheme in Reception and KS1 used for home independent reading is aligned with national book banding using a range of texts both fiction and non-fiction. Books for home reading are selected depending on the age and ability of the children. Children are given a book each week from the school’s home reading scheme and the teacher uses their assessment of the children to inform their guidance of the child when choosing their reading book.
When we provide your child with a reading book, we want them to feel confident that they will be able to read it. We make sure that your child is able to complete 95% of the book independently in order for them to develop their reading voice and comprehension skills.
Parents are also encouraged to write in the Reading Records in order to log reading frequency and progress. The class teacher will also comment in these and suggestions as to how the family can support the child with the book are written in your child’s reading diary.
Your child will also have access to Bug Club, an online reading website. The expectation is that your child reads one book on here a week and answers all the little green bug questions in the book.The books on Bug Club are selected depending on the age and ability of your child.
In addition to your child bringing books home from school, we encourage reading all types of print including:
• Travel brochures
• Television guide
• Sports Programmes/reports
• Tapes/CD/Recorded stories
• Shopping lists
This helps children to understand the importance of reading while simultaneously nurturing a love of reading through a range of reading experiences.