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Phonics
and Reading


 

Log in and take quizzes on the books you've read! Let your teacher know when you have quizzed! To use AR Book Find to find books in your ZPD using the below.

Reading Intent

At Charnwood Primary Academy, reading is a top priority and is a key driver for our curriculum. As a result, we have a Reading leadership team comprised of the English Lead, and a Phonics lead who is also EYFS lead. We follow the EYFS framework and the National Curriculum. It is our intention to ensure that by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently and with confidence, in any subject, in their forthcoming secondary education.

We follow Letters and Sounds as a school because 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. The difference with Letters and Sounds to other programmes such as Read, Write Ink is that it gives us the flexibility to adapt the sessions to make them engaging, hand-on and very often linked to our themes. 

We therefore intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop: knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live; to establish an appreciation and love of reading; to gain knowledge across the curriculum; and develop their comprehension skills. We aim to provide vocabulary rich reading material and expose children to a variety of conversational vocabulary to subject specific terminology.

Phonics

We follow the Phonics Scheme Letters and Sounds.

What is Letters and Sounds?

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. 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.

There are six overlapping phases. The table below is a summary based on the Letters and Sounds guidance for Practitioners and Teachers. For more detailed information, visit the Letters and Sounds website.

Enunciation

Through our daily letters and sounds programme we teach your child 42 phonemes.
Please listen to the video below to hear the pure sounds for each phoneme.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqhXUW_v-1s&safe=active

Reading Material

http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

USEFUL WEBSITES

http://www.mrthornedoesphonics.com/

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds

http://www.familylearning.org.uk/phonics_games.html

http://www.spellingplay.co.uk/

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk

Reading

We teach comprehension skills from Y1 - 6 with the help of our Reading Dogs.

We have invested in Accelerated Reader for children from Years 3 - 6 (and some children in Year 1 and 2) which enables children to show their understanding of the texts they have read by answering quizzes. For children Year 2 and below, they will read books at home related to the phonics sounds they are working on. Children must read at least 3 times per week at home and read their book every day for 25 minutes in class.

Click here to open a parent fact sheet about Accelerated Reader.

Finding books for Accelerated Reader

There are thousands of books on Accelerated Reade in and our school library is set up in this way. Your child will be STAR tested each half term which will give them a ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development). This is the range in which your child will understand books best and be able to score well in their quizzes. If you want to find books on Accelerated Reader when shopping for books or browsing the library, click on the link below!

Home Connect

As a parent of a child on Accelerated Reader, you can check their progress against their targets, how they are performing on quizzes and see what books they have quizzed on. At the start of each academic year, you will receive a letter with your home connect username and password. If you need any help, please come and ask!