The Teaching of Phonics and Reading
Phonics and spellings are taught daily throughout the school. When children start EYFS in Ruby class they are taught phonics using the Song of Sounds scheme of work. This scheme continues until the end of year 2 by which time the children will have learnt to read and spell most regular phonic words. Alongside phonics children are taught tricky words; these are the words that can’t be spelt phonetically.
When children enter KS2 spellings are taught using Spelling Bees scheme of work. This is aligned to the National Curriculum 2014.
Reading is also taught daily, both as a discreet subject and through other areas of the curriculum. To ensure that children are exposed to a variety of text types the school uses a range of reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Stars and Project X. These books include fiction and non-fiction. Children progress through the reading scheme through ‘coloured book bands’. when a child moves to the next level book band they receive a certificate.
The school aims for all children to read for enjoyment at least five times a week. Merits are awarded for cchildren who acheive this and their names are read out in the weekly Celebration Assembly.
For more information about the school’s curriculum please see Curriculum Policy and the school prospectus. Termly newsletters from each class contain more information about what the children will be learning each term. If you would like more information then please speak to your child’s teacher.
For another parent’s guide to the curriculum that may be useful please click on this link http://www.risingstars-uk.com/curriculumparentguide