Phonics and Reading
At Oaktree Nursery and Primary School, early reading is taught using phonics as the main approach to reading. We follow the Read Write Inc. scheme which sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills. This starts in the Early Years and we aim for children to be fluent readers by the end of Year 2.
Pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds all through the word for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading.
Throughout Reception and Key Stage 1, phonics is taught in ability groups of various sizes so that the teaching is closely matched to the needs of all children.
In Nursery, we play lots of games to develop children's speaking and listening skills which lay the foundation for the phonics work they progress to in Reception. The emphasis of these games is to get children attuned to the sounds around them so they are ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills. We do this by doing lots of 'Fred Talk' games, whereby we use a Fred the Frog toy who speaks in single letter sounds e.g. touch your l/e/g. Towards the end of Nursery we start to look at letter sounds and follow the Read Write Inc. Nursery Handbook.
There are 44 phonemes (sounds) in the English alphabetic code, but only 26 single letters. Children first learn one way to read these sounds, then learn to read the same sounds but with alternative graphemes (the written symbol which represents the sound).
In Read Write Inc., phonic books are closely matched to their phonic knowledge and ‘tricky’ words (those words which cannot be sounded out). As children re-read stories their fluency increases.
Reading at Oaktree
We use the Read Write Inc. books to support the early development of reading. All the reading books are matched the child's correct reading ability so reading can be practised at home with confidence. Parents are asked to read these with their children and to sign their home/school reading diary.
In Key Stage 1, book marks are sent home with suggestions as to how parents can support their children with reading, through questioning.
Those children who are not making expected progress in reading, or who are finding it difficult to maintain progress, are given extra support through targeted interventions and the Read Write Inc. 1:1 Fast Track Tutoring scheme.
We encourage pupils to develop a love of reading. All classrooms have attractive reading areas with a range of quality texts. Children in Key Stage 1 also have access to a shared reading area. Teachers read stories for enjoyment and we regularly encourage interest in reading through book topics and whole school book events.
Books that come home with your children:
In Acorns and Nursery, children visit their library to select a book(s) of their choice to share with you at home.
In Reception and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2), children take home a sharing book of their choice for you to read to them, as well as two Read Write Inc. books correctly matched to their reading stage, these are for your child to read to you. These books are changed weekly.
In Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4) children are sent home with a book bag book related to their phonics stage, plus a Read Write Inc. phonics book every week. They can also choose a book from the book corner to take home. Those children no longer following the Read Write Inc. Phonics scheme will be sent home with a 'free reader' book. These are books that are from the Read Write Inc. scheme for fluent readers, plus they can select a book from the book corner which can be changed when they like.
In Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 & 6) children are sent home with a book of their choice which they can change when they have finished it, at least weekly. Those children who are following the Fresh Start phonics programme will be sent home with a book matched to their phonics stage. This is for your child to read to you, and will be changed weekly.
Our Favourite Class Books:
Each year group have created a list of 'key books' which they read. Please click on the files below to see the key reads for your child's year group. I'm sure they would love to talk to you about their favourite books.
- Acorn's Favourite Books.docx
- Nursery's Favourite Books.docx
- Reception's Favourite Books.docx
- Year 1's Favourite Books.docx
- Year 2's Favourite Books.docx
- Year 3's Favourite Books.docx
- Year 4 Top 10 books.docx
- Year 5 Top 10 books.docx
- Year 6 Reading Spine.docx
- RWI Teaching Progression - Reception to Y2 - Sep 23.docx
- What the phonics reading book colours mean.docx
- RWI Information Booklet 1.docx
- RWI Information Booklet 2.docx
|Date of Phonics Screening Test
|Week Commencing Monday 12th June 2023
|Week commencing Monday 10th June 2024
|Week commencing Monday 9th June 2025
For further information on Phonics and the Year One Screening Check, please click on the link below to view the Dept. of Education Parent Information Leaflet: