Reading and Phonics
Reading is a core subject in school. Children learn to read with a mixture of methods. In the Foundation Stage we use regular lessons in synthetic phonics, supported by “Jolly Phonics” materials. Children are exposed to rich texts from a range of authors and encouraged to develop a love of reading early on. Once children are able to decode words they also start to read using a core sight vocabulary. Children read books from a mixture of published schemes (Oxford reading Tree, Jolly Phonics etc) and “real books”. Children are always encouraged to read for meaning and to understand what they have read. We are developing a dialogic approach to reading comprehension, also known as Reciprocal Reading, which places emphasis on the use of searching questions and inferential connections.