At St Swithun’s we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme from Foundation Stage, through KS1 and into KS2, when appropriate. The programme focuses on securing word recognition skills, essential for children to decode (read) and encode (spell) words accurately and language comprehension.
The programme is carefully structured into developmental phases. Phonics sessions are delivered on a daily basis to help ensure that by the end of Key Stage 1 children develop fluent word reading skills and good foundations in spelling.
Our Reading Scheme includes a range of reading genres from the Oxford Reading Tree collections including Songbirds, Floppy Phonics, Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories, Traditional Tales, Treetops – Myths and Legends, True Stories, Classics, Graphic Novels and Non-fiction. The ORT scheme is supplemented by a books from a range of different publishers which are colour banded to ensure that every child has access to a reading book that matches their developing phonics’ skills.
All children are able to take books home to read with an adult, this shared learning helps children to practise their reading skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.
As well as teaching the skills necessary to become confident readers, we have our own library full of exciting books which all pupils are able to borrow.