Phonics at Wycliffe
To support the effective delivery of phonics at Wycliffe, we use Letters and Sounds and a wide range of resources to support all our children’s needs. EYFS & Phase 1 offer a rich learning environment to ensure that each child has the potential to succeed. Quality phonics teaching, links to the literary needs of the children within English and across the curriculum.
Words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. This helps children to learn to read words and to spell words
In phonics lessons, children are taught three main things:
This stands for grapheme phoneme correspondences. This simply means that they are taught all the phonemes in the English language and ways of writing them down. These sounds are taught in a particular order. The first sounds to be taught are s, a, t, p.
Children are taught to be able to blend. This is when children say the sounds that make up a word and are able to merge the sounds together until they can hear what the word is. This skill is vital in learning to read.
Children are also taught to segment. This is the opposite of blending. Children are able to say a word and then break it up into the phonemes that make it up. This skill is vital in being able to spell words.
Reading at School
When children enter our Early Years they experience a wide variety of stories and different text types. Books are readily available for children to look at and share with adults. They are taught how to handle books and learn that all print carries meaning. Children are encouraged to understand elements of a story and discuss what they know about the characters. They also listen to and participate with nursery rhymes and jingles, and books are read frequently to children throughout the day. Reading is also taught through phonic activities. This encourages children to learn the sounds of the alphabet, whilst also teaching them how to blend the sounds to together to read the words. Children begin to bring home a reading book to practice at home. It is best to read regularly, little and often so the children don’t find the task too onerous.
KS1 and KS2
During KS1 children are encouraged to form an interest in and take pleasure from a variety of text types. They are taught strategies to decode words. Throughout the school, children develop reading skills through daily reading practice, whole class sessions and reading to an adult. Children continue to take home a reading book every night, for further practise at home. Children have opportunities to read a variety of text types, varying in length and complexity, to provide challenge.
We read in various ways, across all subjects and every child loves reading! High quality texts have been purposefully chosen to enhance the learning experience and make links to the wider curriculum. Teaching sequences in English have been thoughtfully planned, using core texts that both challenge and inspire children with reading and writing. Children will read focus texts as a class, in groups, pairs and individually. We enjoy reading in different ways.
Each week, all children read with an adult during 1:1 sessions. Reading books sent home match the children’s learning and reading ability, so they can:
o Practice learning the phonics sounds they know
o Develop inference skills
o Improve understanding of grammatical knowledge
o Enhance the reading for pleasure experience
We also have a well-stocked school library and each classroom provides a range of stimulating reading material in our welcoming book corners.
Reading at Home
As children start to learn to read at school, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books that they bring home from school.
Sharing a book is one of the most rewarding things you can do with your child. You can discuss things that you like about a book and see if your views differ to those of your child, link experiences in stories to things that may be happening in your lives or experiences you have had. It also helps you check whether your child understands what they are reading. This is crucial in developing the ability to read for meaning. Being able to read the words fluently and not understanding what is happening or the meaning of words, does not always build a successful reader in the future.
Please comment on ANY home reading in their reading diary. This could be a comic or the newspaper, any reading is beneficial.