What We Are Learning
PHONICS AND READING
At Chew Stoke Church School, our aim is to share our love of reading with all of our pupils and to encourage them to choose books which are interesting, enjoyable and varied. Children are encouraged to read at home, ideally every day, we believe that this extra practise really increases fluency and confidence in younger readers and helps older readers develop their comprehension skills.
Pupils in EYFS (Reception) and Year 1 have short, focused daily phonics teaching based on ‘Letter and Sounds’ and supplemented by resources from ‘Jolly Phonics’. Children are given homework linked to their phonics learning and all parents/carers are provided with an information leaflet covering the teaching of phonics from Reception to Year 2. Our phonics teaching is explained at the induction meeting held by Miss Hennessy for all Hedgehog parents and carers during term 1. If you have any questions about phonics at our school, please speak to your child’s class teacher.
In Year 2, following the phonics screening in Year 1, children continue to have regular phonics input, either through discreet phonics teaching or through the teaching of spelling. If children entering Key Stage Two need ongoing support with their phonics, we continue to give input that is appropriate for them.
The reading scheme that we use in Key Stage One is primarily the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’, but we also use books from other schemes, including Jelly & Bean. This is to promote and encourage breadth of reading and to better cater towards and inspire a range of interests. Where children have moved off the scheme books, we call this ‘free reading’. When children are confident in their reading, we encourage them to choose their own reading materials from the wide range of reading books we have in school, either from their class Book Corners or from our school library.
Reading skills are further developed in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) through a wide range of activities. These may include any of the following:
- reading with an adult,
- reading partners,
- guided reading sessions,
- reading aloud in class,
- sharing books and other texts in literacy or other lessons,
- learning to answer ‘comprehension’ questions,
- and more besides!
We know how valuable it is to appreciate the importance of reading in different contexts. As such, indirect teaching of reading skills may also happen in RE, topic, science or maths as well as during assemblies, circle times or when preparing for a performance. It is all valued as part of our learning!
Finding reading materials
Finding news books for your child can be challenging, especially if you feel that they may be ready to move onto something new. Here are a couple of websites that could help you:
- The Book Trust gives recommendations by age group, with lists for 0 to 5-year-olds, 6 to 8-year-olds and 9 to 11-year-olds.
- The World Book Day website has a ‘Reading Ideas You’ll Love’ page. This allows you to select an author that you like and then gives recommendations of other books you may enjoy.
Love of literacy!
We include curriculum enrichment activities throughout the school year, from author visits to workshops and theatre trips. Our enthusiasm for all things book-ish can be seen in the national celebration days that we take part in. These often include a fancy dress theme and involve as many cross-curricular links as we can imagine!
Keep an eye out for announcements about these on the website and in our school newsletters.
The curriculum maps below show what your child is learning in class this year.