Phonics and Reading
Reading at Langshott Primary School
Reading is fundamental in modern society and shapes us as critical thinking, learning and questioning citizens. Learning to read, and reading to learn, is the foundation for future education success and is the singular most important academic skill of our age - it really is the key to unlocking the rest of the academic curriculum. We love reading at Langshott Primary School, and it is the main driver for our whole curriculum. We aim to ensure that each and every child can read at an appropriate level for their age by the time they leave our school, regardless of any barriers.
Teaching of Phonics at Langshott Primary School
At Langshott, we believe that every child should have the chance to become happy, fluent readers. Therefore, Phonics is taught though a highly structured programme of daily lessons across EYFS and KS1, most importantly, lessons are planned according to the children’s need to help develop their love of reading and writing.
Children are taught phonics from the very start of their journey at school, we follow the Twinkl Phonics programme to ensure a consistent approach to the teaching of phonics. This scheme has been validated by the Department for Education and follows current best practice on the teaching of phonics and reading and educational research about the way that children learn best.
Children in Reception and Year 1 have 5 phonics lessons a week which are delivered to the whole class. An overview of the sounds the children will learn through each of the stages can be found below. We have also produced a glossary to assist parents with a guide to the terminology used when we are teaching phonics.
Teaching of Reading at Langshott
Once children have mastered the art of learning to read, we focus our attention to teaching comprehension which is taught through whole class reading lessons. Children have 4 whole class reading lessons a week which focus on three key skills of the teaching of reading. These three skills are: vocabulary, retrieval and inference - we have identified these as being the key to unlocking children’s understanding of a text. The table below outlines a standard cycle of reading lessons across the week and shows how each skill is linked to the National Curriculum objective:
Research has shown that if children read (or are read to) for 20 minutes a day they will be exposed to 1,800,000 words in one school year! We make a pledge to our children that they will be read to for 10 minutes a day by the class teacher or TA and they will make up the other half by reading at home for 10 minutes. Listening to all types of genres read by the teacher, for 10 minutes every day between Reception and Year 6, is essential in fostering a love of reading.
Supporting your child with reading at home
Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home. Children are expected to read at home 5 times a week minimum and this should be encouraged at all times. They record their reading in their planners and they earn STAR points for reading (this varies according to each year group). If children read to an adult at school this is also recorded in their planner.
In Reception and KS1 there are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:
• A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently. This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
• A challenge book (colour banded). Your child may be able to read some of this book independently but may need your support with words they are still unable to decode. Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
• A sharing book. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together. Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!
In KS2 there are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:
• A reading practice book. Your child should be able to read this book fluently and independently. This book is matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
• A reading for pleasure book. In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they read for pleasure. Your child may choose a book from their class or the school library as a reading for pleasure book. They have chosen this book because it interests them, this is for them to read at their own leisure or for you to enjoy together.
Recommended Reading Lists:
Making sure that children become engaged with reading from an early age is one of the most important ways to make a difference to their life chances. We are passionate about promoting reading for pleasure and encouraging children to access a range of texts. We encourage you to use these age-appropriate reading lists to discover new text-types and authors at home. You will find many of these texts in your local library or bookstore. We do encourage you to purchase any from independent bookstores to support small businesses.
At Langshott Primary School, we are lucky enough to have an exciting, inspiring and well stocked Library. The Library is full of a variety of texts which support our children in learning about the world around them. All of our texts are organised into sections which make finding and selecting a book easy for our children. Each week the children visit the Library to have time to browse and select a book that interests them to borrow and enjoy at home. The aim of the borrowing library is to encourage children to share texts with their families at home and they return the books once they have finished enjoying them.