The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School

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Literacy

Phonics and Reading Schemes

When your child is learning to read there are two important things to learn:

1. the sounds represented by written letters

2. How to blend these sounds together to make words

At The Good Shepherd we use Phonics to do this. We use 'Read Write Inc' to assist the teaching of Early Reading. Children are first taught a small group of sounds, and then learn to read words made up of those sounds. As the children grow in confidence, they are taught more sounds and learn to blend those sounds too. Our children experience Phonics for 30 mins a day in reception and follow RWI Literacy for an hour a day in year one. Our children become capable with blending sounds and reading words because this learning is reiterated throughout this school day.

 

Reading

Overview

We desire all children to develop a real love and enjoyment for reading.It is our aim that all children learn to read and enjoy books. Reading is an essential life skill that is promoted positively at The Good Shepherd. We promote regular reading at home and also throughout the whole curriculum. Home and guided reading books are banded according to the Reading Recovery banding levels.Children read guided reading books at a band which is one above that which they are reading at home. The children take books home which are a band below their guided reading level. Guided reading books are mainly Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star. Home readers are a mixture of many different schemes. The children choose their books at the appropriate level, building confidence, independence and developing their likes and dislikes.

 

KS1

By the end of KS1our children will use their effective phonic knowledge to decode and blend words. They will read books, using their phonics knowledge to help them work out new words and then reread these books to build up the children's fluency and confidence in word reading. Our children will then have a a motivation for reading and be confident in answering questions about what they read.

KS2

By the end of KS2 our children will use their knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words that they meet. They will continue to read for pleasure and explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read.

 

Throughout their time at The Good Shepherd, the children will hear regular whole class stories and rhymes. They will be given the opportunity to read independently on a daily basis and will experience high quality, engaging texts in literacy lessons.

 

Writing

The Good Shepherd ensures that the children have read and analysed texts before they write. We have just become part of the Northampton AIP Talk for Writing initiative and are working to ensure that our children benefit from drama activities and talking before putting pen to paper. This will enable them to feel confident and have the creative language and knowledge needed to create a high quality piece of writing that the children feel proud of.

 

Sound Pronunciation Guide