The Teaching of Phonics at Perryfields
At Perryfields Primary we use ‘Letters and Sounds’ to teach Phonics.
Every child is taught Phonics from when they start school in Reception through to the end of Key Stage 1. Phonics sessions are taught daily and are at least 20 minutes long. Pupils are taught in ability groups. Provision is made for the small number of pupils who have not completed the Phonics programme by the end of Key Stage 1.
The link will take you directly to the DfE document outlining the teaching of Phonics through Letters and Sounds. Letters and Sounds: – Gov.UK
Oxford Reading Tree is our main reading scheme but pupils do not read exclusively from this scheme. Other books and reading resources are used as needed for variety and breadth of experience.
A record of pupils’ reading progress is kept in school and reading books are sent home, along with a reading diary, when the pupils have sufficient skills to enable reading at home to be fun.
When pupils reach a certain fluency in reading they become ‘free readers’ and are able to choose their books themselves.
We very much value the time that parents spend hearing their children read and believe that just 10 minutes focused time per day can make a significant difference to their progress. We love to read the comments you make in the diaries as this helps to build a rounded picture of a child’s reading skills.
If you would like any help with ideas for making reading time fun, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.