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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 deems 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 necessary. Parents are informed when their child is moved and are 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 writes in each child’s reading diary to inform parents which pages are to be 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 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 together decide how best to group the children. 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 writes in each child’s reading diary to inform parents which pages are to be 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.

Book Bands

As the children learn to read they will move through a series of book bands which will develop a variety of skills. Within each band are a variety of books (fiction and nonfiction) taken from different reading schemes so that children get a wider reading experience. Children can move through bands at their own pace. The teachers will continually assess and move them along when they are ready.

This is the order of the book bands: pink, red, yellow, blue, green, orange, turquoise, purple, gold, white and lime.