Reading and Phonics

Phonics at Appletree
 
At Appletree we teach phonics using 'Read, Write, Inc' 
 
Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.  
 
Across Reception and Key stage 1 the children receive a daily 20 minute discrete phonics lesson.  We use the Read, Write, Inc scheme to teach phonics. It is really important that children see the connection between the sounds (phonemes) they learn in their phonics lessons, and the skills we develop in reading and writing – this knowledge is applied across the whole of the English curriculum. The more we practise these skills the more children will become confident in using them.   
 
Parents are encouraged to support the learning in school by practising the sound cards that are sent home in reading folders with their children on a regular basis.
 
Reception parents are invited in September to attend a 'Getting it Right from the Start' meeting to outline our schools approach to early reading, writing and maths.
 
Year 1 parents are invited in the Spring term to learn more about the National Phonics Screener Assessment and to find out ways in which they can support their children at home.l 
 
Reading at Appletree
 
At Appletree Gardens First School, we encourage our children to read a variety of books and genres. Underpinning all teaching of reading is an emphasis on reading for pleasure, with an aim to enthuse all children with a love of books.   Reading is happening all the time in a classroom and in school.  It is taught in specific reading and English lessons, but children are practising and using their ‘reading’ constantly across all subjects as well.
 
In the early stages of reading, the children focus on letters and sounds, developing reading strategies to help them decode words and sentences. As they move through the school they pay close attention to punctuation and expression. Once in the upper end of the school, we encourage analytical readers who read between the lines and interpret the implied, focusing on the children’s comprehension.  
 
We have recently invested in a fully decodable home reading scheme that offers challenge and progression of skills in line with their phonic knowledge.  As children become more proficient readers they are able to access a wider variety of more challenging, carefully chosen texts.
 
Each week children from all year groups take home a quality reading book from our 'Books to Share' collection in addition to their home school reading books.