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Reading & Phonics


Reading is of key importance and progress is carefully monitored. Both Key Stages have daily Phonics/Spelling sessions. Children are encouraged to take their reading books home and if parents become involved and interested in their child’s reading it is most beneficial. Reading workshops are held for parents to offer advice and assistance so that they can become more confident in helping their child with reading. These workshops extend from Nursery age to Year 6. In KS2, the children all take part in a scheme called Accelerated Reader where they are assessed regularly and given an appropriate reading band to allow enjoyment and suitable challenge. The children are encouraged to complete whole books and are offered suitable rewards for reading at home and passing any quizzes. We use a mixture of two main reading schemes – Read Write Inc Phonics and Oxford Reading Tree, together with non-fiction and poetry books to provide the children with a variety of materials. Each day the children have many opportunities to read for a range of purposes and are listened to. Reading is taught in Whole Class sessions following a bespoke-to-the-school bi-weekly planning format, based loosely on Pie Corbett’s reading programme and designed to work in line with our writing structure. 5/7 key reading skills are taught across school (known as The Sapient Seven) depending on the key stage; these are woven in to all reading sessions, providing the children with lots of opportunities to apply them to a range of question types, thus deepening their practice and understanding when answering comprehension questions. Sentence stems are encouraged during reading sessions to provide children with the opportunities to both ‘read as a writer’ and ‘read as a reader’. The texts used within these reading sessions are of high quality and designed to be ‘unpicked’ over the course of two weeks with a focus on high level vocabulary. Regular cross-curricular opportunities for comprehension and similar application of skills are provided. Each class also has a whole class reading book which is read to them by the teacher at the end of each day. This book is selected from Pie Corbett’s reading spine and is purely an opportunity for the children to listen to and enjoy.

The Sapient Seven


Children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have a daily phonics session, following the Read Write Inc. Phonics scheme. This is aligned to the National Curriculum and the children progress through three 'sets' of graphemes. First, they learn one way to read the 44 common sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. They will also learn ‘red words’ (or ‘tricky words’) which cannot be sounded out as they break the phonetic rules of the English language. To support children across the school in applying their phonics when writing, every classroom from Year 1 to 6 displays the RWI Complex Sounds Chart. In EYFS, the simple sounds and images from the RWI scheme are displayed. The progress of children is monitored closely, both through assessment within their lessons and through set assessments during the year. This ensures that all children can be moved on as soon as necessary.  In order to allow children to consolidate and apply their learning of phonics, they each take home a reading book which is aligned with the phonics stage at which they are working. 

Virtual Phonics & Reading Presentation slides for parents/carers

Phonics & Early Reading Workshop Recording

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Our virtual phonics workshop for parents/carers held on 30/09/2020

Reading Workshop Recording

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A virtual reading presentation for parents/carers held on 30/09/2020