It is really important that children are able to read regularly and continue to read books at school and at home. Reading is a key factor in our recovery curriculum. All classes will also have a high quality text that they will together as a class reader. Reading is essential for wider curriculum success. Developing a love of reading and supporting the habit of reading is key, both to lifelong learning and ultimately for children’s life outcomes.
Phonics and Reading Schemes - Key Stage 1
Phonics: As a school we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics resource for Phases One to Four (Nursery and Reception children), followed by the School Improvement Liverpool Phonics Plans (Year 1 onwards). More information can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCI2mu7URBc
Reading: For early reading, we use a variety of phonics based reading books, allowing our children to apply the skills learned in phonics lessons. We use 'Big Cat Phonics' books for guided reading which link to the Letters and Sounds Phonic phases.
Our more advanced readers have a variety of different schemes, including the phonics based Project X, to develop comprehension and sight words as well as providing breadth and depth.
Free online reading books can be found here https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/
For parts of our English curriculum and for use as Class novels we use the texts recommended from Pie Corbett's Reading Spine. These group quality fiction texts for different year groups. Our aim is that during the children's time with us, they will meet as many of the texts and authors as possible.
‘Imagine a primary school where, over seven or eight years, children are read to, enjoy, discuss and work with a core of around 80 books. These ‘essential reads’ would be a store of classics, creating a living library inside a child’s mind…Schools that have a reading spine build a common bank of stories that bind the community together’ – Pie Corbett.