Our Reading Scheme is called SMART (St Mary’s Are Reading Together)
We use Book Bands to colour code our reading books. All colour bands include a mix of Reading Scheme books such as Oxford Reading Tree and a lot of ‘real’ reading books. Children are assessed and given a colour band. The children are all encouraged to make independent choices from within their colour band.
All classes do daily reading generally as Guided Group Reading and may not necessarily be heard reading from their Smart Book.
We follow the National Curriculum 2014 for Literacy and Maths which can be found here.
Phonics are a way of decoding written letters and spoken sounds. The phonics approach teaches children to decode words by sounds, rather than recognising whole words. This approach to learning to read is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them to read and spell.
At St Mary’s we use a combination of phonics programmes; Read, Write, Inc., Letters and Sounds and Phonics Play. Children begin to learn about phonics from their first weeks in Reception and progress through the Letters and Sounds phases throughout Key Stage One. Please visit the Letters and Sounds website for more information.
We have fluid streaming of groups to enable us to tailor learning to the pupils needs across Key Stage 1. The children are assessed on an ongoing basis with a benchmark test at the end of each term.
Our aims for the teaching of phonics are as follows:
• Teach grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) at a quick pace (around one a day)
• Teach how to blend sounds into complete words for reading, e.g. the phonemes /c/ /a/ /t/ blend together to make the word “cat”.
• Teach how to segment words into their individual phonemes for writing, e.g. the word “bus” segments into the phonemes /b/ /u/ /s/.
• Teach key irregular words (tricky words), noting which parts of the word can be blended phonetically and which are irregular, e.g. “I”, “me” and “we”.
• Apply phonics skills to writing activities across the curriculum.
National Phonics Check Results
In Year 1 children are assessed on their ability to blend phonemes together to read a selection of real and non-real words. This enables us to identify children who are making progress in their acquisition of phonics skills. Children who do not pass the test in Year 1 are given the opportunity to retake the test in Year 2.