Reading and Phonics

Teaching, organisation and management of phonics at Mount Pellon

Synthetic phonics are taught from the beginning of Reception through to the end of KS1 (Year 2) and beyond for those children in KS2 who it is deemed necessary for.

We teach the letter sound with the actions as prescribed in the Jolly Phonics materials but follow the phases as set out in the Letters and Sounds Document: Letters and Sounds

Phonics teaching is evident daily in class teaching whether it is a direct teaching session delivered by the class teacher, a small group or 1:1 session delivered by a Teaching Assistant or phonic work delivered a part of a literacy lesson introduction or plenary.

Children are assessed on entry to Reception (or when they join the school if after this time) to provide the class teacher with a baseline assessment and to allow the children to be grouped in accordance with each individual child?s needs. These assessments are repeated half termly to ensure that all children are making progress and to re group children if necessary. Children not making expected progress are highlighted and an appropriate action decided upon.

  • Encourage the children to attempt to spell words for themselves within the range
  • Help children to apply the skill of blending phonemes in order to read words.
  • Help children to segment words into their constituent phonemes in order to spell
  • Learn that blending and segmenting words are reversible processes.

Mount Pellon use Letters and Sounds which is a phonics resource. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

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Reading at Home
We encourage children to read at Mount Pellon on a daily basis. All children will be given a home reading book that is appropriate to their step level in school. Within school, we are fortunate to have a range of reading books from a number of schemes including Dandelion Launchers (phonics) , Read, Write Inc (phonics), Rigby Navigator, Rising Stars, Bug Club and Oxford Reading Tree to support children's reading. Children are encouraged to read appropriate banded books as their home reader. We encourage parents to put comments in their home reading record to ensure that teachers know the child is reading at home. We have weekly celebrations for reading at home in phase assemblies where children can receive a free book. 7 days of reading = 2 raffles tickets for each child which is checked and monitored by the class teacher. Each week, a name is drawn out of a hat to get a winner. Watch out for the winners around school.

Children are encouraged to read for pleasure and we have a use range of resources around school in the classrooms and libraries where children are freely able to choose a book for themselves. We encourage children to think about their likes and dislikes when choosing a text to ensure they enjoy it when they are reading. Children are even able to take newspapers or comics home if they wish.