Synthetic phonics is a method of teaching reading which first teaches the letter sounds and then builds up to blending these sounds together to achieve full pronunciation of whole words.
Synthetic phonics teaches the phonemes (sounds) associated with the graphemes (letters). We use Twinkl Phonics.
We aim to develop a love of books and reading from the beginning of child’s learning journey with us and value the role of parents as partners in this vital task. Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and read widely. We hear our children read regularly both individually and as part of whole class reading. We also value reading for its impact on vocabulary development and comprehension skills. We read aloud to our children daily (10 minute read). Vocabulary is taught as part of whole class reading, English lessons or 10-minute read.
Children are heard reading both individually and as part of whole class reading regularly. Whole class reading sessions are carefully planned and questioning is used to assess and extend children’s learning. They also expose children to a wide range of texts and aim to challenge their thinking and develop inference skills. Parents are given clear expectations about reading. Termly visits to our local library are planned and the sharing of books in assembly is a regular feature.
Pupil voice shows children enjoy being read aloud to and use school library facilities regularly. Children understand and can answer questions on the texts that they read. Pupil progress can be seen through termly and year end data.