PHONICS AND READING
The school follows A Flying Start with Letters & Sounds which is validated by the Department of Education and is based on the Letters & Sounds programme. A Flying Start with Letters & Sounds is a multi-sensory, systematic, synthetic phonics programme and enables the children to:
- Develop good language skills and a wide vocabulary
- Foster a love of reading
- Acquire the skills to read independently as indicated by the phonic check
- Secure the physical skills to write in order to successfully record the graphemes they have learnt
A Flying Start with Letters & Sounds recognises the importance of phase 1 and its role in working alongside the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This begins in Nursery and continues into Reception. The programme enables children to start learning letter sounds early in Reception, and provides a structured route for children to meet the expected standard in the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check.
Early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach to reading. Pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds all through the word for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but are also taught high frequency words which do not completely follow the phonic rules.
Children in Year 1 are expected to complete the Phonic Screening Check in June. The check involves reading a combination of forty pseudo and real words. The purpose of the check is to identify children who are able to segment and blend words at the expected level. Any children who do not reach the required standard will retake the check in Year 2 having had a targeted input throughout the year.
Our aim is to encourage and develop a lifelong love of books and reading in our young learners. Reading is an enjoyable and enriching activity which we want our children to embrace. We wish to work in partnership with parents to ensure all of our children have the best possible start to reading.
A child’s journey to become a reader starts with them listening and sharing books. This is an invaluable way of showing that books are there to be enjoyed, as well as developing the children’s vocabulary. Through sharing books parents are modelling the reading process and showing children enjoyment and learning that can be found from reading.
As a school, we have a wide range of decodable books included within our reading scheme. These books fully align with the phonics programme, enabling the children to apply what they have been taught with increased confidence and success. Once the children have completed the Phonics programme, we have a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books on offer to further develop the children’s fluency in reading.
From Reception, pupils have a weekly school library visit and continue to take home books for sharing with their parents alongside their own reading book.
Reading for Pleasure
A solid foundation in reading is crucial to a child’s success as they progress through their educational journey. Reading is a skill we continue to develop throughout our lives, but starting this process as early as possible has significant benefits for our continued success as readers.
The teaching of reading and reading comprehension within the classroom is only part of a child's learning, and the value that is given to reading at home is equally important. Reading widely at both home and school helps to develop a child’s vocabulary, which in turn will make them become more confident, fluent readers.
At Mrs Bland’s we have introduced a whole school reading incentive to motivate the children to read more at home. This includes in it a range of books for all ages and will be regularly updated with new and exciting titles!
We also have our special reading caravan which is a lovely calm and cosy place for the children to enjoy reading a book of their choice. It is a quiet space where the children can read on their own or share a book with a friend.
Author of the Term
Each half-term, a different author is celebrated in each of the year groups across school. Books from the chosen author are read for the children to enjoy during the end of day story time. To further enhance this, we share the authors with parents and encourage the children to read a book at home from the author that is being focussed upon for that half-term.
The authors we will be celebrating in each year group are…
AtinukeAnna Hibiscus' Song
B is for Baby
Baby Goes to Market
Double Trouble for Anna Hisbiscus
Meg and Mog Series
The Blue Balloon
Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear
Hide Me Kipper
In Wibbly’s Garden
Kipper’s A to Z
Duck in the Truck
Some Dogs Do
My Friend Bear
Wiggly Wiggly Playtime Rhymes
Little Rabbit Foo Foo
Tiny Little Fly
Bear Flies High
Percy the Park Keeper Books
Peace at Last
The Large Family Books
Luna Loves Art
The Hairdo that Got Away
If All the World Were…
No Longer AloneThank You
Each Peach Pear Plum
The Jolly Postman
Cops and Robbers
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
The Tale of Tom Kitten
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck
Mad in the Back
Bob the Bursting Bear
Evan my Ears are smiling
Michael Rosen's Books of Nonsense
This is Our House
Zog and the Flying Doctors
The Highway Rat
The Smeds and the Smoos
The Paper Dolls
The Cook and the King
The Tales of Mog the Forgetful Cat
The Curse of the School RabbitThe Crocodile Under the Bed
The Day the Crayons Quit
The Day the Crayons Came Home
Up and Down
How to Catch a Star
Lost and FoundThe Way Back Home
Anna Hisbiscus chapter books
The Cat in the Hat
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Green Eggs and Ham
Hop on Pop
Fox in Socks
Hampstead the Hamster
Barking for Bagels
Choosing CrumbleMustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy
A Bear Called Paddington
Paddington Goes for Gold
Paddington's London Treasury
Paddington in the Garden
Grandpa Chatterji's Third Eye
Grandpa’s Indian Summer
The Queen’s Nose
The Sheep-PigAll Because of Jackson
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
Danny the Champion of the World
The Magic Finger
The Magic Faraway Tree
The Enchanted Woods
The Adventures of the Wishing Chair
Fluff the Farting Fish
Don’t Forget Tiggs!
Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots
Uncle Gobb and the Dread ShedMichael Rosen's Book of Very Silly Poems
The World’s Worst Parents
At Mrs Bland’s Infant and Nursery School we want to encourage all of our children to foster a love of reading. Below you will find links to various sites that will provide you with ideas of books to read:
Recommended Reads for Reception
Recommended Reads for Year 1
Recommended Reads for Year 2
Recommended Reads for Year 1
Recommended Reads for Year 2
We make a lot of use of online reading and phonics activities in school, why not try some of them out and let us know what you think…?
Contains lots of useful information and tips to help you read with your child.
Educational games and activities. Help your child with, spelling, reading, alphabetical order and grammar with these English learning games.
Oxford Owl Reading
Free online books with games and activities that can be used at home.
Visit this website to access phonic game and activities to support reading and spelling skills.
Discover a world of stories and get inside information on how books are created. Lots of activity ideas to share with the family.
Watch the videos to explore different letters and sounds in a fun way.
Has a great selection of games that link well with games in Letters and Sounds.