Our Approach to Reading

Phonics

Children first learn their letter sounds and names then apply these to word building.  We use both Letters and Sounds, and Jolly Phonics as the basis for our teaching. These are both recognised as synthetic phonics schemes.  The children will also learn a variety of other key words by sight.

What is Jolly Phonics?

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. The letter sounds are split into seven groups as shown below.

Reading

Children read individually, in small groups and as a whole class.  A variety of different genres, both fiction and non-fiction, are chosen at an appropriate level of ability for each child. As well as being able to read the text, children are encouraged to discuss the book, expressing their individual opinions of the content. More able readers will be asked to compare the themes and speculate on the tone of different texts.

We use a range of literature from a variety of reading schemes such as Bug Club, PM Books and the Oxford Reading Tree. We also encourage children to select their own books from the school library and welcome suggestions regarding the texts they would like to read in future.

Reading is a valuable, lifelong skill that intersects all areas of the curriculum. We develop our pupils through independent and shared reading as well as cross-curricular sessions which empower them to find pleasure in reading.

Julia Donaldson’s top reading tips

Julia Donaldson has written some of the most popular and best-loved children’s stories including The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom, The Highway Rat, Zog and Stick Man.

She is also the author of the popular phonic Songbirds series, part of Oxford Reading Tree published by Oxford University Press.

Watch these videos of Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson talking about some simple and fun ways you can help your child with their reading at home. Guaranteed to make reading fun and help your child develop a love of reading.


Helping your child with reading

Here at Bricknell Primary School we believe reading to be very important.  A great deal can be done in the home to help your child with reading.  The link below gives tips on how to inspire readers and share books with your child.

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