We believe that for all our children to become fluent readers and writers, phonics must be taught through a systematic and structured phonics programme.
We use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to plan and provide daily engaging phonics lessons.
- In the nursery, children follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised ‘Foundations for Phonics’ guidance. The focus is on daily oral blending and language development through high quality stories and rhymes.
- Quality continuous provision provides children opportunities for children to practise and apply through practical, hands on learning experiences indoor and outdoor.
Reception and KS1
- In Reception, Y1 and Y2 where appropriate, children follow the progression within Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme. Phonics is taught daily and there is a review session on a Friday.
- Phonics is taught explicitly in whole class sessions in Foundation Stage and KS1 and in groups and/or individually where necessary in KS2.
- Some children will require further practice in addition to the whole class sessions and so these children will access keep up sessions.
- In Reception and Year 1, quality continuous provision provides children opportunities for children to practise and apply through practical, hands on learning experiences indoor and outdoor.
St. Martin’s is a text rich environment.
This can be seen in the following ways:
- Reading corners/areas are appealing to children and uncluttered
- Quality texts displayed in shared areas and in reading corners/areas
- Books in reading areas are easily accessible and displayed in an engaging way
- Reading displays are tactile and visually pleasing
- Texts to support the wider curriculum are displayed in classrooms and available for children to read
Reading for Pleasure:
Reading for pleasure is promoted in the following ways:
- A range of quality texts available for all children to access
- Quality texts used to deliver the English curriculum
- Classrooms are text rich environments with inviting and accessible reading areas
- Children have freedom of choice to select their own reading material although they may do this with adult support where needed
- Every class has a daily, time tabled story session
- Reading outside is promoted through the use of the reading shed and outdoor reading areas
- Book Bus invited onto school grounds for parents and children to access
- World Book Day celebrated in March
- Books gifted as prizes for achievement, progression and attendance
- Kindle Fire e-reader gifted as part of attendance prize
- Staff act as ‘reading models’ and participate in class reading time
Following guidance in the Early Adopter Schools: framework for the early years foundation stage handbook, children will be taught to:
- Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed
- Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters
- Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.
This will be done in a number of ways:
- Providing a vocabulary rich environment
- Quality continuous provision with enhancements
- Practical, hands on learning experiences indoor and outdoor
- Allowing children to ‘play and explore’
- Promoting ‘active learning and engagement’
- Promoting ‘creative and critical thinking’
In Reception, children will access a daily, taught Literacy lesson alongside daily focused and independent tasks where they will have an opportunity to apply their skills.