Reading and phonics
|Becoming a fluent reader:
At St Vincent’s School we place a very high importance on learning to read. We do not have one reading scheme but a mixture of books from a variety of sources to cater for all abilities and interests.
All our books are colour coded with a wide range of choice in each colour band. In September 2015 we started our new school year with a significant number of books to add to those purchased in 2012. As well as reading books we encourage our children to read newspapers, magazines, and electronic media.
How can you help?
· Try to make time to listen to your child read
· Talk to your child about their book
· Ask questions so that your child has to think about what they are reading
· Let your child see how important reading is by reading yourself, whether it is books, magazines or newspapers
· Read to your child, whether it is a bedtime story or a funny/interesting article in the newspaper
Please do not forget to sign your child’s reading record.
What is phonics?
There is no one ‘right way’ of learning to read but we know that being able to recognise the sounds that letters make and how sounds go together to make words is really important. This is called ‘phonics’. We use a combination of resource s to teach phonics which includes ‘Letters and Sounds’ and ‘Read Write inc’.
In Early Years Foundation Stage children learn phonics together. As the children move into Years 1, 2 and 3 children sometimes work in smaller groups depending on their ability. This means that they may be working with children who are older or younger than themselves. Our phonics sessions take place every morning between 9.00 and 9.15. In Years 4 to 6 children have a variety of activities which include phonics, spelling and grammar work, also until 9.15. This is one of the reasons why it is really important that your child comes to school on time so that he or she does not miss out on these vital activities.