At St John’s the children are taught how to use and apply phonics to aid their reading and spelling. The DfE (Department for Education) ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme is used, which sets out a detailed and systematic approach the teaching of phonics and the required skills needed to be a fluent reader.
The children are taught how to recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes, identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make and learn how to blend these sounds together to make a word.
At St John’s the children who receive phonics teaching are informally assessed on a regular basis and at the end of Year 1 there is a statutory screening of the children’s phonic ability, which is repeated in Year 2 if required. The children are also given the opportunity to read in whole class, group and individual sessions.
Teachers at St John’s engage the children in reading by using a wide variety of texts and formats, including reading on screen. A large variety of books are available for the children to read in school, including many reading schemes, which encourage the children to read for a purpose and also for pleasure. We also have a large selection of books that can be accessed by the children in the school library.
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