Phonics and Spelling
At Aiskew, Leeming Bar CE Primary School we place great emphasis on the importance of effective early and on-going phonics and spelling teaching and learning. Across the whole school, phonics and spelling are delivered using an interactive approach in small groups with a designated adult. We group the children according to what they need to learn, rather than by their age.
Phonics teaching is based on Read, Write Inc. following three sets of Speed Sounds which are closely matched to the new National Curriculum. These sounds link directly to children’s reading and writing and they are given many different opportunities to practise them through group, guided and independent activities.
When children are ready, they move on to The North Yorkshire Spelling Programme. This is fully aligned to the new National Curriculum and links directly to the Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 word lists. The programme uses a range of strategies, including games, research and dictations, to investigate and explore common spelling rules and patterns. The children are supported to apply this knowledge in their group and independent writing work.
As a school we aim to foster a genuine and lifelong love of reading in all its forms.
We introduce children to reading through our new range of Floppy’s Phonics phonic reading books which allow children to access all phases of Letters and Sounds. Following on from this, we use a range of reading books from different schemes which we book band according to The Institute of Education (London University) guidelines. Using a range of titles from different reading schemes allows children to access materials that interest them. We expect that children who are on book banded books will be heard to read regularly at home. They are also heard to read individually at least once a week in school and their book band level is closely monitored to ensure regular progress to the next band. Once children have progressed through the book bands they become ‘free readers’ and are expected to monitor and record their own reading in their reading record books.
Every child in the school is in a Guided Reading group which has been determined according to their current National Curriculum reading level. These groups work intensively with a member of staff once a week and have a group reading target that they are working towards. Within these groups children are expected to develop a deeper understanding of texts through targeted questioning and closer reading. These groups allow children to discuss their understanding and preferences. KS2 children follow their adult led sessions with independent work using Guided Reading Flowers which include completing tasks related to our Guided Reading work; independent reading of reading books; reading for pleasure, and setting own tasks.
Our library is used by children across the whole school. The junior librarians run this (under the watchful eye of a dedicated parent) and change books for the other children. They also run regular assemblies to inform the rest of the school about new resources and initiatives, opening times etc.
As a school we are keen to promote reading for pleasure in all its forms. In Key Stage 2 we have a Book Share which children use actively, both by borrowing and adding books. We also take part in many reading initiatives and events such as World Book Day, Readathon and Roald Dahl Day as well as more topic based events. Children are also encouraged to share their reading experiences and read from sources other than books, e.g. on screen, and for many different purposes.