Reynalds Cross has adopted the ‘Letters and Sounds’, programme for developing phonics. 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 approach for teaching phonic skills with the aim of being able to read text fluently by the end of the programme. There are activities to support the teaching of phonics in the library, including level-banded reading books. It is expected that teachers will use their professional judgement to decide a pupil’s readiness for reading.
It is recognised that not all pupils will have the ability to learn to read. Staff are however expected to encourage all pupils to have an interest and enjoyment of books. Pupils are therefore exposed to a range of genres through the literacy schemes of work as described above and to increase enjoyment they are delivered in multi-sensory ways.
For pupils that are unlikely to become confident readers of words there will be a greater emphasis on functional reading. This includes teaching pupils to recognise social sight vocabulary and symbols (name, days, places of importance) as well as ‘reading’ using symbols. The school uses a programme called ‘Communicate in Print’ to produce symbol supported text.
The school has a reading support assistant who takes out a number of pupils for 1:1 reading sessions. In these sessions they work on both reading skills and comprehension activities. Some pupils are using the ‘Read Write inc’ scheme for reading where it has been found that ‘letters and sounds’ has not been effective.”
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