At Trinity St. Peter's we promote a real love for reading from the very start. We approach the teaching and learning of reading through a programme of systematic synthetic phonics, providing pupils with books from our colour banded reading scheme to take home and practise with and in the classroom through shared/guided reading, reading comprehension activities and the enjoyment of engaging with a whole class text.
Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1:
Our Nursery pupils follow Phase 1 of the Letters and Sounds resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. Phase 1 activities include environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.
Our Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils follow Ruth Miskin's Read Write Inc programme. This progamme aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read and write by developing their phonic knowledge and skills by learning the sets of simple and complex speed sounds. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by the age of seven.
Phonics Screening Check
- The phonics screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 for all children in Year 1.
- It will take place in early June.
- It comprises of a list of 40 words (20 real and 20 'nonsense').
- Expectation from the Government is that pupils should achieve at least 32 out of 40 to reach the expected level. The pass mark can vary year on year.
- The check will take up to fifteen minutes per pupil and will be conducted by the class teacher.
- Children who do not achieve the expected level at the end of Year 1 will retake the screening in Year 2.
You can generate your own sample word lists for practise at home here.
What are High Frequency Words and Tricky Words?
Researchers believe that learning just 13 of the most frequently used words will enable children to read 25% of any text. Learning 100 high frequency words gives a beginner reader access to 50% of virtually any text, whether a children's book or a newspaper report. Tricky words are also high frequency words, but words that are not decodable such as 'said'.
When you couple immediate recognition of the high frequency sight words with a good knowledge of basic phonics, that's when a child's reading can really take off.
By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know how to read AND spell all of the High Frequency Words when they write. If they know how to spell these words, it will make writing and reading much easier for them. The best way to learn words is to spend ten minutes a day revising words they already know and introducing two or three new words each day.
The High Frequency Word lists (including tricky words) are availble to download at the bottom of this page.
Key Stage 2:
Reading within Key Stage Two follows on and builds upon the foundations set within Key Stage One. Books are banded into colour bands with a range of books in each band. Children have a choice of books from a range of genres and publishers including: Oxford Reading Tree, Rising Stars and Project X.
Children from Year 3 to Year 6 select their own books from their colour band to take home and read. Once children have confidently moved through the bands, they progress on to class library books and are similarly encouraged to select their own books to take home and read. These books have a more challenging content for the children and extend their learning further.
In addition to this, all classes throughout the school have a whole class reading book which is used to support the teaching of reading comprehension skills throughout the week.