Reading and Phonics

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Our approach to teaching Phonics

We teach reading through a linguistic phonics programme called Sounds-Write. The rationale for linguistic phonics is that children are taught to understand the relationship between spoken language and written words. It starts with what the children naturally acquire, spoken language, and teaches them the relationship between sound-spelling correspondences. Teaching children to read through linguistic phonics allows them to develop their decoding skills; this supports children in learning to blend graphemes (letters) for reading, segment phonemes (sounds) for spelling, and manipulate phonemes (sounds) to develop accuracy in reading and spelling.

Linguistic phonics teaches the concept that all sounds can be spelled. We, therefore, do not promote silent letters, magic letters, or memorising whole words by sight. We appreciate parental support and ask that you read with your children in this way, encouraging children to use their decoding skills to read and spell.

In reading lessons, children are exposed to a broad and varied range of aspirational texts, with authors from Julia Donaldson, to William Shakespeare, to George Orwell studied. Children are taught to analyse literary elements and techniques to allow them to uncover layers of meaning and a comprehensive understanding of the text. 


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Reading Canon of Texts 02nd Sep 2023 Download