Our Reading curriculum is varied and compromises of whole class, small group and the individual teaching of reading, through the use of high quality and age appropriate fiction and non-fiction texts. Skills of blending and segmenting are taught from Reception, developing decoding and sight recognition to build fluency in reading. Comprehension skills are taught in conjunction with fluency skills, teaching pupils the strategies to understand what they have read and to use model texts to support their writing. We believe that by building fluency and comprehension successfully in our pupils, we are enabling them to gain enjoyment from reading. Pupils are introduced to a range of authors and poets throughout their time at St Ann’s, allowing them to find their personal preferences and develop a love of books. Each year groups studies key authors and genres, to give pupils a varied experience of both modern and classic texts, challenging them through new vocabulary and texts structures.
We have high expectations of pupils and ask that parents support this with our ‘5 times a week’ reading rule as part of pupils’ homework.
Phonics is taught through our Read Write Inc scheme from Reception, and continued throughout Years 1 and 2. The aim is for all children to complete the scheme by the end of Year 1, but if necessary, they will continue to access sessions until they no longer need them further up the school. Children are placed into small groups according to their phonic knowledge and assessments are completed regularly. We teach sounds first in a specific order and then we teach your child to blend those sounds together to read words. The children then read these words in the carefully matched Storybooks that embed the sounds the children can already know, setting them up for success.
Year 1 Phonics Screening
At the end of Year 1, the children with sit a Phonics test to check their understanding of sounds through their ability to decode 40 words that will be a mixture of real and nonsense words (also known as alien words). The Alien words can be made up of any of the 49 phonemes taught and be put together in any sequence. The pass rate for this test changes each year and is not given to school until the Phonics Screening is completed. If your child does not pass the Phonics Screening check, they will continue with Read, Write Inc. in Year 2 and will be tested again at the end of Year 2