Reading, Phonics & Spelling
In EYFS and Key Stage 1 we use the Read, Write Inc. phonics scheme to teach phonics. This is supplemented by games and activities from other schemes, such as Jolly Phonics.
Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree but this is used along side other supplementary schemes, including Storyworlds, Ginn Reading 360 and Collins Big Cat. Our schemes are integrated together through the Accelerated Reader system of book levels; once pupils are reading independently they are assessed at least termly on the Star reader program which provides staff with a ZPD (range of book levels that the pupil should be reading within) allwoing children to read a range of genres as they progress, broadening the range of language that they encounter. Pupils choosing books within this ZPD can then 'quiz' on the books after reading them and this gives them (and the staff) feedback about their comprehension of the text and encourages children to read for meaning. As they move into Key Stage 2 all reading books are part of the Accelerated Reader system.
We have also introduced the Read Write Inc Spelling Scheme to our school, building on the success we have seen with the phonics scheme. We began this with Y2 last year and have now extended the scheme throughout Key Stage 2 so all pupils from Y2 to Y6 have an age appropriate structured spelling session 3-4 days per week.