At St Mary the Virgin Primary School we aim to develop the full potential of all our pupils as confident, literate readers and writers. If children are to develop as competent readers and writers, it is vitally important that they have a secure understanding of the letter sounds and spelling system of the English language. Phonic skills need to be developed in a systematic way, based on a stage approach.
Teaching Phonics and spelling
At our school we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme from Foundation Stage, through KS1 and into KS2 if appropriate. The programme focuses on securing word recognition skills, essential for children to decode (read) and encode (spell) words accurately and language comprehension. Jolly Phonics songs and actions are taught alongside the programme.
The programme is carefully structured into developmental phases. The sessions are delivered to ensure participation and engagement resulting in high- quality phonic work on a daily basis to help practitioners and teachers ensure that by the end of Key Stage 1 children develop fluent word reading skills and good foundations in spelling.
For the phonic basic code, please use the link below.
When children have a secure knowledge of letters and sounds, they progress into the Support for Spelling’ programme for spelling.
Oxford Owl is an excellent website full of tips for parents to help their children with their phonics and reading.
Phonics play is another fantastic website for phonics and reading games.
On our shelves we have a range of reading schemes that are part of the colour coded system. The have a variety of reading books from the following schemes: Rigby Rockets and Rigby Star and Oxford Reading Tree. We also use Project X and Ruth Miskin ‘Read, Write Inc’ books for reading intervention.
All children are able to take books home to read with an adult, this shared learning helps children to practice their reading skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.
As well as teaching the skills necessary to become confident readers, we have our own library full of exciting books – this is situated in our Learning Zone in the centre of the school.
Oxford Owl is an excellent website full of tips for parents to enourage and help their children with reading. See the website links below:
- Reading Tips – www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home/reading-owl/top-tips–3
- Stuggling Readers – www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-site/expert-help/helping-struggling-readers
- Encouraging Reading – www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-site/expert-help/encouraging-reading
- Encouraging Boys to read– www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-site/expert-help/encouraging-boys
- Reading in the Holidays –www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-site/expert-help/reading-in-the-holidays
Other excellent reading websites:
Key Stage 1/2:
For some useful, fun games and activities to support learning at home try the Woodlands Junior website:
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