“The more that you read, the more things that you’ll know.
The more that you learn, the more places that you’ll go” Dr. Seuss
At Kingsbury Primary School we believe that reading for pleasure is key to success. All children are encouraged to love reading a wide variety of material: books, magazines, newspapers and to read online. A love of reading is shared by all our staff.
Phonics at Kingsbury Primary
The children are assessed regularly to track their progress and ensure that good progress is being made through the ‘phases’.
We provide workshops in Reception and Y1 to support parents and provide them with information and activities to help their child at home. Year one pupils are formally assessed by an unseen government test and results are reported to parents. It is a decoding test using ‘real and non-real’ words.
In Reception and Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) children will learn to read and spell simple words using phonics, by breaking down or building up words using the sounds that letters make. We teach a high quality, daily, discrete phonics session from Reception to Year 2, and where it is needed in other year groups. Primarily, we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme and we make the learning as multi-sensory as possible. We use a range of other resources to support learning in this area, such as 'Bug Club / Phonics Bug' ‘Phonics Play’ and 'Jolly Phonics'.
This way of teaching phonics is sometimes referred to as Synthetic Phonics. Synthetic phonics is the breaking down of words into their separate sound components known as phonemes. Phonemes can consist of more than one letter for example ch, oo, er, igh etc.
In our teaching we discuss elements such as:
Digraphs: these are two letters making a single sound eg: ar, ee, ou etc.
Trigraphs are three letters making a single sound eg: igh.
A grapheme is a phoneme written down.
Segmenting is where you break each word into its separate phoneme, for example ‘chop’ has 3 phonemes, ch/o/p. Blending is simply putting those sounds back together to form a word.
Some words in the English language cannot be broken down into separate phonemes. These words are known as tricky words and we teach the children to be able to read and know the whole word, for example, ‘said’ or ‘what’.
There are 6 phases within Letters & Sounds and most children will complete Phase 6 by the end of Year 2, however this can continue into Year 3 if required.
Some useful links for parents below.
For reading at home we use a range of texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. In the early years and key stage 1, children will be given a book from one of our reading schemes to read at home.
Children also have an opportunity to swap a book of their choice each week from our KS1 Book Bugs selection. (A mini library)
In KS2 we encourage to choose children to choose a text that they will enjoy but also that will challenge and develop them. We strongly encourage children to read a wide variety of books. We share books in class as part of English lessons or as a class story to encourage children to try different authors. We have a library where classes visit regularly so children can swap books.
A really useful selection of e-books can be found on www.oxfordowl.co.uk.
In class children have a weekly guided reading session. Guided Reading [group reading with comprehension discussions and follow up tasks]
For guided reading we mainly use Big Cat from Collins or Phonics Bug club. Our guided reading scheme which involves teacher-led guided reading and comprehension sessions and related activities for pupils to undertake independently before and after reading.
Reading takes place in all lessons, using books and electronic devices.
Parents are encouraged to hear their child read every day, or as often as possible and return their reading bag and log to school.
Many of our books are available for children and families to read online
Our teachers allocate online reading books for your child. You can read with them online and if they answer the questions, staff can see how well they have done.