At Grange Community Primary School, reading is delivered through book banded books and resources from Bug Club and Oxford University Press , both well-established and popular reading schemes which are highly successful in teaching children how to read. These stories are carefully written using simple, natural-sounding language that children can understand. Key words are repeated throughout the storybooks so that children can gradually increase the number of words they can recognise and read.
Our reading schemes are supplemented by real books and as they complete the banded stages they become a ‘free reader’, and can select their own suitably-challenging reading materials from the class libraries.
In addition to this we use resources from other reading schemes to provide extension and reinforcement as appropriate to your child's needs.
Phonics – the direct teaching and learning of the sounds and spelling patterns of English - is taught every day in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. This will either be by a phonics-trained teaching assistant or the child’s class teacher. Children in Key Stage 2 who still require regular phonics teaching – ie. still below phase 6 – are also taught phonics in intervention groups.
Phonics is planned using Letters and Sounds, a widely-used and effective resource created and produced by the Department For Education, which provides the basis for our systematic, clear teaching of sounds and spelling patterns. Once children have surpassed the final phase of Letters and Sounds, they begin a spelling program which ensures that children visit all the spelling patters and sight vocabulary necessary to fulfill National Curriculum objectives.