In EYFS and Key Stage 1 children read decodable reading books from The Oxford Reading Tree scheme and Dandelion Readers. These books are fully decodable texts which build on the knowledge or ‘code’ that is being taught during Sounds-Write lessons.
The books are carefully banded into colours and provide children with the opportunity to practise the key skills of segmenting and blending. Once children are able to blend confidently they are encouraged to read the whole word instantly without sounding it out, in order to become a fluent reader.
We know that children need exposure to high quality, rich texts to develop a love of reading and this is something that we want to promote at Hasland Infant School. We have a fantastic school library which each class visits once a week and every child has the opportunity to borrow a book. Each classroom has a Cosy Corner which provides children with access to collections of different books, for example:
These books have been carefully chosen so that children will enjoy sharing them and gain pleasure from reading them. They will also support the children’s development of personal book preferences meaning they are more likely to be motivated to read, read widely and develop lifelong reading habits.
As part of our Talk for Writing curriculum we also teach a rhyme of the week in each class, which is learned and then shared with adults at home, we choose our texts carefully so we only read quality books/treasured stories to the children. This helps to increase the number of words they know– their vocabulary – and helps them talk confidently about books
At Hasland Infant School, we teach phonics using a linguistic phonics programme called Sounds-Write.
This programme is successful in teaching children to read and spell as it starts with what all children know from a very young age – speech sounds. Children then systematically learn how these sounds are coded in our writing.
The four key concepts children need to learn are:
The three keys skills children need to master are:
Children in Reception and KS1 have a 30-minute Sounds-Write session every day, in addition to their Literacy lessons. Our daily sessions are fun and involve lots of speaking, listening and games. Children learn to apply their phonic knowledge when reading and writing activities and in their independent learning.
Sounds-Write is divided into three units, Initial Code, Extended Code and Polysyllabic Words. Each phase systematically building on the skills and knowledge which has been taught in the previous unit. Throughout each unit children have time to practise and apply the skills needed to read and spell words.
Children in our Foundation Stage begin with the Initial Code. During this unit they practise all 3 key skills whilst learning the 1:1 sound-spelling correspondences and securing their understanding of key concept 1. As the children move into Key Stage 1 they continue to practice all 3 key skills whilst learning the Extended Code and Polysyllabic Words.