The teaching of phonics begins in the Early Years Foundation Stage and is guided by 'Jolly Phonics' and ‘Letters and Sounds’. Pupils are gradually introduced to initial sounds through modelling, repetition and playing games involving the sounds that are being focused upon. Carefully planned activities are set up to consolidate phonic learning. Once children reach Year One, phonics is taught in phases with the pupils being split into smaller groups to ensure each child’s needs are met. Pupils across Year One and Two participate in daily sessions, which allows for rigorous coverage of Phase Three to Phase Six phonics. At the end of Year One each child’s phonic knowledge is tested in a phonics screening test carried out on a one to one basis with the class teacher.
At Grove Primary School the children are given the opportunity to read a mixture of books including; fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The books the children bring home are suitable for their reading ability. We do not follow one particular scheme and we use a mixture of 'real books' and scheme books. Scheme books that we use include Oxford Reading Tree, Cambridge Big Cats, Big Cat Phonics, Songbird Phonics, Rigby Star, Treetops, Project X and Fireflies. These books support the way the children are taught to read, through a phonetic approach. The books are written with a mix of high frequency and decodable words to develop a range of reading strategies. When the children have progressed through the colour coded levels, they move onto ‘free readers’ (real, non-scheme books, suitable for their age).
At Grove, the expectation is that all children in the school will read at home to an adult daily. A child’s reading development benefits greatly when they read and answer questions about their book every day. It is just as important that the children understand what they are reading, as well as being able to read the words, so please ask your children questions as they read to you (examples of questions for KS1 and KS2 can be found below). Please take time to sign your child’s reading diary every time they have read at home.
Finally, we want to encourage a love of reading, and encourage children to read other types of books, alongside the school books that are sent home. We therefore have implemented reading challenges every term for children to complete.
At Grove, we love writing! Through carefully planned English units, our children develop into thoughtful readers and creative writers.
Speaking and Listening:
The National Curriculum for English reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. Spoken language underpins the development for reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary, grammar and their understanding for reading and writing.