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Curriculum Intent Reading – St Anne’s C of E (A) Primary School

 

At St. Anne’s Church of England Primary school, we are determined that every child will learn to read and develop a lifelong love of books regardless of their background, needs or abilities.

High quality phonics teaching takes priority in FS2 and KS1 and is taught systematically every day following the guidance from the Letters and Sounds document. Phonics teaching is supplemented by alternative materials to ensure lessons are engaging, multisensory and enjoyable.

Teachers and practitioners have clear expectations of pupils’ phonics progress term by term. Pupils falling below this benchmark are identified early and interventions are put in place.

In FS2 and Key Stage 1, reading books are organised into book bands and children read books matched to their reading ability. Books are sub-divided into books that are mostly phonetically decodable and into genres ensuring children are applying their phonic knowledge and reading a breadth of books i.e. fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Teachers and practitioners have clear expectations of where pupils should be year by year and interventions are put in place to support pupils who are at risk of not meeting these benchmarks.

Automatic, fluent readers who have excellent comprehension and engagement is our ultimate goal by the end of KS1.

Phonics Workshop 14.10.19

Every year we hold a phonic workshop for parents, carers and volunteers in school to attend. The intention of the workshop is to inform the adults supporting children in early reading and writing to understand the teaching of phonics. This is the principle way early reading and writing is taught. We understand phonics may seem mystifying and aim to help you understand it in order that you feel better equipped to help and support your child. If you are unable to attend the workshop or feel you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact someone in school. We are happy to help.

Thank you to all the parents who attended the workshop and for your positive feedback. We are pleased you found it useful.

The PowerPoint we used during our presentation is below, for your information.

Mrs Tyrrell and Miss Robinson

Pronunciation of Phonics

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The importance of the correct pronunciation of each sound can not be overstated. From the very beginning of their phonic learning your child will be expected to listen to a word and segment it into each unit of sound in order to spell. They will also be expected to blend sounds together to read. Saying the sounds incorrectly makes segmenting and blending much more challenging. I have included a video of the correct pronunciation of each phoneme. It also includes different ways each phoneme can be spelt which your child will learn during Phase 5 (Year 1).

Phonic Rhymes - The rhymes are one of the many ways we teach phonics at St. Anne's. Using the rhymes ensures teaching is multi sensory, fun and memorable!

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