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Phonics in EYFS and KS1

We follow the Letters and Sounds scheme throughout the school. Some of the teaching assistants are also trained in POPAT to help those children that are struggling with phonics.

Children are grouped for phonics according to their ability. These groups are flexible and children can move between them as the teacher feels is appropriate. Groups are taught by teachers and teaching assistants but all sessions are planned by teachers.

The children have phonics sessions four times a week for 20mins.

 

Reading in EYFS and KS1

Foundation Stage

When children start school they are given five keywords to learn, they take them home and are encouraged to make sentences with them etc. They are then put into groups according to how many keywords they know. They will be given a reading book from the pink book band. Children can move between the groups as and when the teacher feels it is necessary. Parents are always informed when their child is moved and is offered the opportunity to discuss the reasons why.

Children read twice a week, once with the teacher and once with the teaching assistant. The teacher plans both sessions and chooses the books. The guided reading book is sent home and the teacher/TA write in each child’s reading diary to say which pages to read and anything that could be practised at home. Parents are also encouraged to write in the diary. Towards the end of the year children are given comprehension questions to discuss when they are reading at home.

Children are able to take home a bedtime book from the class library. This is a book of their choice that they can share with somebody at home. During the day we have story time where the teacher reads to the children and discusses the story. Children are also able to bring in a favourite book from home that they would like to share with the class.

 

Key Stage One

As children move into KS1 and the Reception classes mix together the teachers get together to decide how best to group the children. The children’s reading age scores are looked at and influence grouping. Children read twice a week, once with the teacher and once with the teaching assistant. The teacher plans both sessions and chooses the books. The guided reading book is sent home and the teacher/TA write in each child’s reading diary to say which pages to read and anything that could be practised at home. Parents are also encouraged to write in the diary. Children are also given comprehension activities to complete alongside their reading. Children have story time where the teacher reads to the children.