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.
Phonics and Reading
We use a systematic approach for the teaching of phonics. A strategic review of phonics, in line with DFE guidance and our own monitoring, is informing our Phonics provision. The school is moving to the Little Wandle scheme which has been approved by the DfE.
In the early stage of learning to read, children at Rusthall St Paul's CE Primary School read texts matched closely to their phonic ability. Children also have the opportunity to choose their own reading books from a wider range fo texts to develop vocabulary, story structure and to help foster a love of reading.