Phonics & Spelling
Children rapidly begin to read in our Reception class by following a phonics programme called 'Letters and Sounds' which is taught systematically and daily. The ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme is continued into Key Stage 1. All children engage in a weekly guided reading sessions where they develop their reading and comprehension skills in addition to developing a command of all aspects of the English language. We use a variety of reading schemes which are book banded. Children are regularly assessed to ensure that they are reading within the correct book band. All children participate in guided reading sessions with their class teacher at least once per week. Within Key Stage 2 spelling is taught discretely on a daily basis.
Spelling is to be taught using Babcock's 'No Nonsense Spelling' which is available from Year Two to Year Six. The focus of the programme is on spelling, which embraces knowledge of spelling conventions - patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings. Each lesson is approximately ten to fifteen minutes long, but lesson plans are flexible if extra time is needed on a teaching point or taught at the beginning of an English lesson where appropriate. Spelling rules and patterns should be highlighted in every lesson taught, so that children are consistently applying what they have been taught throughout the curriculum. Each Monday children are given a list of spellings to learn for a weekly test which takes place on a Friday.