“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 follow Letters and Sounds using the Little Wandle L&S scheme.
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.
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 our reading schemes to read at home.
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 guided reading sessions. In reception and KS1 there are reading sessions for at least three days a week.
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.
Oxford Owl for Home - Free eBooks library
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Listen to a story:
Storyline is an online story telling website featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations
Oliver Jeffers read some of his brilliant books!
World Book Online - Lots of fabulous books to read for free, including non fiction.
Some David Walliams stories, read aloud.
Grammar, punctuation and spelling is high on the National Agenda for education. Parents often ask for advice about the grammar elements. The link below has many useful parts.
Create a story - Stuck for ideas?
Or maybe one of these pictures can inspire you to make up a story
Try making a funny story with your child using this co-operative method shown on Youtube
Alan Peat exciting sentences app for iphones and ipads
Authorfy For a daily dose of creativity and fun, check out our Authorfy '10 Minute Challenges', which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators - we add a new challenge to this page every single day! For more author videos and free resources, check out our 'classroom' page.
The Reading Realm – Home learning packs