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Reading in the Curriculum

The way we teach reading at Townfield

In Foundation1 (F1), before we introduce letters the children will have lots of fun listening to sounds in the environment, singing songs and rhymes, clapping and tapping along to the beat, seeing if they can continue a rhyming pattern and seeing if they can guess a word if you give them the sounds in a robot voice e.g d/o/g.

In Foundation 2 (F2), we then introduce new letter/sounds each week. Each letter has an action with a song and a picture to show the letter shape . An explanation of these actions is included. The letters are introduced in a certain order, so the children can begin to read and spell words straight away. The order is as follows:

Set 1 s, a, t, p

Set 2 i, n, m, d

Set 3 g, o, c, k

Set 4 ck, e, u, r

Set 5 h, b, f, ff, l, ll,  ss

Set 6 j, v, w, x

Set 7 y, z, zz, qu

Consonant diagraphs: ch, sh, th, ng

Vowel diagraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo ,ar, ur, ow, oi, air, ure, er

Within Key Stage 1 children have daily phonics sessions where phonics and reading  are taught in six distinct phases ( see link below). These phases are set out in the Letters and Sounds document. The children’s reading book will be linked to our phonics scheme and will reflect the phase that your child is working , within the classroom. Reading is taught throughout the school in a guided reading session, which takes place outside the Literacy lesson. This is where the teacher reads with a small group of children to teach further reading skills such as reading on, looking at pictures, sounding out unfamiliar words. The teacher uses these sessions to question children’s understanding of what they have read and to model how to read.

We have a range of books for the children to read covering a wide variety of genres. The books are all leveled according to national curriculum levels so the children will be reading a book that is appropriately matched to their reading ability. These books are then sent home for the children to share . It is important that the children read aloud to somebody at home two - three times a week, as they all need to practise the skill of reading aloud regardless of their age.

At Townfield Primary School, our teaching is based around the individual child; whilst we consider what the broad national ‘average’ would be, we also very closely consider personal targets and rates of progress. For example, a very able child is challenged to carry out work in a different way or at a different level. This way, all our pupils are expected to make good progress and achieve their potential. Similarly a child who is struggling is still set challenging targets but will be given extra support from the class teacher or teaching assistant to help them achieve their target. Some key characteristics of the different levels of reading are shown below. You can use these to support your child at home when reading together.

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