There can be few better ways to improve pupils’ chances in school, or beyond, than to enable them to become enthused, independent readers.
Reading in Key Stage 1
In KS1, reading is taught predominantly through the teaching of systematic synthetic phonics. This is supplemented with guided reading, reading for drama and music, independent reading, class stories, library time, buddy reading and weekly 1:1 reading time. Reading is embedded across the curriculum, including using fiction and non-fiction texts for topic-based learning.
Systematic synthetic phonics is an ordered way of teaching children to recognise letters and combine sounds to make a full word. Supersonic Phonics Friends. In KS1 children learn 44 different sounds and up to 144 alternative spellings of those sounds, made by individual letters, pairs and clusters of letters. Some words cannot be sounded out by using phonics and simply need to be learnt by sight – these are called common exception words. . We use a highly structured approach with the scheme
Children will also take reading books home to share with their parents and caregivers. These books In Reception, children will take two books home each week and in years 1 and 2 children can change their book daily or as often as needed.
High quality texts are used consistently; these vary in genre, including picture books, non-fiction and poetry.
The learning environment is used to support and enhance learning with working walls that act as a reference point and displays that share work the children are proud of. Teachers make well-informed recommendations of books and authors to match the interests of pupils and children are encouraged to recommend books to each other.