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Reading, including phonics

At Boughton Primary School, we recognise that the development of reading is crucial to the progress children make across the curriculum.

We aim for children to become independent, able readers, who understand and demonstrate a passion for reading and a love of books. We set high standards for our readers and expose children to a number of high-quality texts. Pupils have daily opportunities to engage in shared, guided and independent reading both in English and other subjects across the curriculum. Reading sessions will encourage children to respond to high quality texts in a number of ways through the use of reading skills and the VIPERS approach. We aspire to promote a whole community goal of sharing a love of books and reading and to open the children’s minds to the world of imagination, a world where anything is possible.

Phonics

We have a sharp focus on making sure children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 gain phonics knowledge and language comprehension necessary to read, and the skills to communicate, which gives them the foundations for future learning.

The teaching of systematic synthetic phonics is prioritised by the staff team.  Teachers and TAs from Reception to Year 3 have all been trained in Sounds-Write, which they use alongside careful assessment, to make sure all children are taught the phonic knowledge they need to make rapid progress. 

Y1 phonics’ outcomes (2019) were above national (89%/82%). Outcomes for 2022 are in line with 2019 national outcomes; 82% of Y1 pupils have achieved this. Continued practice and intervention is in place to support any pupil who does not reach this milestone by the end of Y1.

For more information about Sounds-Write, please click this link: Sounds-Write.

Free reading resources to access at home:

https://literacytrust.org.uk/free-resources/

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

https://collins.co.uk/pages/big-cat-ebooks

The Book Trust - For a comprehensive list of interactive activities, where you can join in or watch and listen authors and illustrators, visit https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/fun-at-home-with-authors-and-illustrators/

Check out the online reading activities at   https://readtheory.org/

Free phonics resources to access at home:

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm