At Thorney Island Primary School, we passionately believe that learning to read should be an exciting and meaningful experience. Phonics is an essential component of the teaching of early reading and we have a structured approach to both the teaching of phonics and reading throughout the school.
Phonics is taught systematically across the school using the DFE approved Monster Phonics scheme. We use a unique colour coded system which allows children to visually see the graphemes in words and each set of colour coded graphemes is linked to a monster phonics character. The colour coded approach is also used to support spelling across Key Stage 2.
Formative assessments are used regularly to ensure progress and half termly checks on phonic knowledge inform the next steps in learning for each child. Phonic lessons are taught at least 4 times a week in KS1 and when appropriate in KS2 intervention sessions are used to ensure children secure their phonic knowledge and any gaps in learning are rectified.
From reception we use phonically decodable books from the Monster Phonics scheme which are matched to the children’s phonic knowledge. These are sent home regularly to ensure children practice and apply the phonics knowledge they have learnt in school. In addition we supplement children’s reading diet with a book from our reading scheme and a free choice book from the child’s classroom library. As the children’s reading develops across the school they move to selecting their own choice of books as a free reader with guidance and recommendations from the class teacher. Books are shared in lessons across all Key Stages to foster pleasure in reading.
Reading ages and comprehension skills are assessed regularly and if a child is considered to not be progressing, parents are informed and a range of intervention strategies are put into place with regular monitoring to check progress.