Phonics and Reading
At Rusthall St Paul’s, our aim is for every pupil to develop a lifelong love of reading and rich literature. We believe that reading opens up a new world to pupils and gives them the opportunity to explore new ideas, visit new places, meet new characters and develop a better understanding of other cultures. To enable all pupils to be confident and fluent readers, we know that it is essential that they have a secure understanding of letters and sounds (phonic skills are essential in developing competent and assertive readers). We know that once pupils have acquired these phonics skills, they are able to apply them in all areas of their learning as they begin their path to becoming lifelong readers. We also acknowledge that we want our pupils to acquire an ever increasing vocabulary and recognise that reading plays a key role in this. Reading opportunities are incorporated throughout all areas of the curriculum ensuring that pupils develop their understanding of a wider breadth of vocabulary alongside their acquisition of knowledge.
To do this we use systematic daily teaching of phonics in EYFS/KS1, guided reading and whole class reading daily, phonics matched texts, Accelerated Reader (Y2-Y6), age-appropriate stories at the end of the day, inviting reading corners, high quality texts, reading comprehension strategies, KS2 word of the week, Y6 reading buddies
Phonics and Reading
In Reception and Key Stage 1, phonics is taught using the Letters and Sounds Programme. Phonics play and Jolly Phonics actions are used to support and enhance the teaching of phonics.
When learning to read, children at Rusthall St Paul's CE Primary School work through a series of colour banded books. Within each colour band there is a wide range of reading schemes and both fiction and non-fiction books are included. Children choose their own reading books to help foster a love of reading.