Reading and phonics

Reading is a high priority in Key Stage One and we read every day. We have daily phonics sessions for year 1 and teach reading through this. We use the award winning, multi-sensory programme 'StoryTime Phonics' which uses real books to embed the new phonemes that children have learnt. To see examples of this online click on this link.
 
In addition to phonics, every day we have:
 
Shared reading. This is where an adult shares a book with the class or a group of children. The adult differentiates this so that children can read the words that they know. These books are chosen for their interest level and their rich vocabulary. Often we will choose books that are at a higher reading level than the children are currently at in order to expose them to texts that they cannot access themselves. 
 
Guided reading. This can take various forms. Adults take children in small groups, of the same reading ability, and support the children to read the appropriate text. This supports the skill of decoding and apply the phonemes recently learnt in phonics lessons. Reading comprehension also takes place during these sessions where children learn to understand what is happening in a text. Children begin to learn about inference in year 2. 
 
Independent reading. This is where children read to themselves or to an adult, depending on their ability. 
 
Children have banded reading books that are a mix of decodable readers that match to the stage of phonics that they are at and real books. These range from level 1 to level 20. They take these books home to read with their parents or carers and we encourage you to write in their reading diaries to keep a log of what has been read. We encourage independence and ask children to take responsibility for changing their own reading books, within the level that we have set then.
 
We also have Story Cafes once a term and will invite you to come in and read with us. 
 
If you have any questions about reading please do speak to me - Mrs Steer (Miss Butler). 
 
Phonics
 
We use StoryTime phonics in Reception and KS1 to teach phonics. This engaging and multi-sensory programme is rooted in the use of real books. It is also lots of fun - both for the pupils and teaching staff.
 
Below is a list of the new phonemes and graphemes that we are teaching to the year 1 pupils. There are from phase 5. In addition to teaching these new phonemes and graphemes, we also recap those previously learned and apply these throughout the day in our learning.
 
Each of these phoneme/graphemes has a helpful "caption action" that goes alongside it to help embed the learning for your child. Ask them the actions for the sounds they have learned so far.  
 
Week 1 
Phonemes & graphemes:  ay, ou, i-e, ea 
Tricky words: are, there, where, were, out, you.
 
Week 2
Phonemes & graphemes:  oy, ir, wh, a (as o sound)
Tricky words: our, the, be, people, oh, go, no
 
Week 3
Phonemes & graphemes:   s (as a zh sound e.g. casual) air alternatives: are (hare), ear (bear), ere (there)
Tricky words:  they, said, come, some, like, so
 
Week 4
Phonemes & graphemes: a-e, oo
Tricky words:  see, will, back, from, him, get, came, made, make, gave, place.
 
Week 5 
Phonemes & graphemes:  g (making a j sound when followed by e, i or y: e.g. giant); l as le; ai as a; ee as e.
Tricky words:   little, one, Mr, they, love, says, what, oh, he, we, me, be, she.
 
Week 6
Phonemes & graphemes:  alternative pronunciations for the graphemes i, o, u and y
Tricky words:  once, ask, was, were, have, our. 
 
Week 7
Phonemes & graphemes: oa as ow 
Tricky words: was, what, were, have, push, pull, full, oh, their, people, Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked, would, could, should
 
Week 8
Phonemes & graphemes:  j as dge, z as se, k and sh as ch, spelling alternatives for sh
Tricky words:  little, one, Mr, they, friend, school, well, fell, still, tell, looked, called.
 
Week 9
Phonemes & graphemes: m/mb, n/kn/gn, r/wr
Tricky words: old, I’m, by, about, your, day, made, came, here, very, put, oh, their, Mrs, looked, called.
 
Week 10
Phonemes & graphemes: ay, ea,e-e, y, i-e, o-e
Tricky words:  are, there, where, were, he, she, be, little, one, Mr, they
 
Week 11
Phonemes & graphemes: ew, u-e, oo
Tricky words: are, there, where, were, little, one, Mr, they
 
Week 12
Phonemes & graphemes:  ar as a or as au, al, aw
Tricky words:  are, there, where, were, little, one, Mr, they
 
Week 13
Phonemes & graphemes: ur as ir, er, ear, or.
Tricky words: are, there, where, were, little, one, Mr, they
 
Week 14 
Phonemes & graphemes:  ou pronunciation alternatives (ou, oa, oo), oi/oy spellings
Tricky words: are, there, where, were, little, one, Mr, they
 
Week 15
Phonemes & graphemes: ure, er, ph
Tricky words: little, one, Mr, they
 
Week 16
Phonemes & graphemes: ph, oo (short). 
Tricky words: came, here, very, put, oh, their, Mrs, looked, called.