At Witton-le-Wear Primary we promote and encourage every child to adopt a love of reading. Every parent wishes for their child to achieve well by reading fluently and accurately. Enjoying reading together, in all kinds of different situations, in addition to sharing a bedtime story, is vital and worthwhile task throughout a child’s primary years.
In school we have chosen to adopt Oxford Reading Tree, “The UK’s Number One Reading Programme”.
Oxford Reading Tree has taught millions of children to read… and to love to read. Rooted in reading for pleasure and with systematic phonics at its heart, Oxford Reading Tree’s well-loved characters, breadth and unrivalled support give you everything your children need to become confident readers!
During 2019/20 we have spent much time looking at, and reorganising our phonics provision and matching reading books to the stages of phonic development. This should aid the accuracy and consistency of our phonics delivery so resources are carefully matched to each stage of phonics development. This has been a whole school process.
What is Phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to:
- recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
- identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’;
- blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.
Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read. In school, we follow the Floppy Phonics Systematic Phonics Programme, enabling children to put their phonics skills into practice at every stage with these engaging decodable readers and Oxford Reading Tree’s best-loved characters at their heart.
- Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read.
- It is particularly helpful for children aged 5 to 7.
- Almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics will learn the skills they need to tackle new words. They can then go on to read any kind of text fluently and confidently, and to read for enjoyment.
- Children who have been taught phonics also tend to read more accurately than those taught using other methods, such as ‘look and say’. This includes children who find learning to read difficult.
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