Phonics at St Andrew's is taught using the ´Letters and Sounds´ scheme.
Children have daily phonics sessions at KS1, with emphasis being placed on the application of phonetic knowledge being used to support reading and spelling. Phonics teaching is continued throughout KS2, although this may follow a more individualised approach, depending on pupil´s individual needs.
We have a range of resources to support teaching and learning in this area, for example: Phonics Play; THRASS and a range of games and activities to support all learners.
Reading is taught through the main English lesson and through guided reading sessions, which enables teachers to match books to the pupil's learning requirements in order to support good progress.
In addition, children may be issued with a reading scheme book (we use an individualised reading scheme, which has a range of books from different publishers) and they also have access to our well-stocked library, where they are able to choose their own book.
In order to ensure children in each class have access to a selection of high quality texts, in each of the Key Stage 2 classes there is a 'Reading Passport'. The ‘Passport’ will act as a way to support teachers, parents and the children to make clear progression with their independent reading at St Andrew’s. The books are selected to allow good coverage of all reading genres, exposing children to new authors and text types. This, in turn, further supports writing in the classroom.
Children have the opportunity to rate each book on their passport and also discuss the books as a class. This creates a culture of reading for pleasure and supports the school vision with Reading as the core of our curriculum. In school, we teach children to be confident and fluent readers who will have a lifelong love of books and reading. We understand that reading unlocks the world around the child and enables them to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially, spiritually and imaginatively. Therefore we have created a reading curriculum through the Reading Passports that is ambitious for all children. The Reading Passports can be found under the Curriculum section of the website.