Reading at our school
Teaching and learning of Phonics in KS1
The teaching of Phonics is a daily part of the curriculum in KS1. Through fun, practical activities, pupils engage in sounding out, blending, writing and putting new words into context. We follow the National phonics programme, ‘Letters and Sounds’, with support from ‘Lighthouse’ reading books. Pupils move up through the phonics phases and are taught the 44 phonemes that make up all the sounds required for reading and spelling.
Pupils are challenged in their comprehension and understanding of what they have read through verbal and written questioning. Pupils take part in guided reading daily where they express their own ideas about books and develop skills such as inference, prediction and character relationships. During the week additional time is dedicated to consolidate reading and comprehension skills through a computer program called ‘Reading Eggs’. Reading Eggs actively assesses the pupils’ skills and adapts its games and challenges to meet the needs of the pupil. This can be accessed from home on a computer or a tablet and is regularly set as homework.
This year is an exciting new chapter for phonics and reading at The Harbour School. We are currently reviewing how we teach and deliver phonics and reading skills. We are exploring different schemes that will best cater for the needs of the pupils at The Harbour School. To help we are working with local specialists in SEND and Leading English Advisers. Together we will quickly adopt the appropriate scheme that suits the needs of the pupils to improve phonics and reading learning.