Reading & Phonics

Early reading is supported through the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc. phonics scheme. Read, Write, Inc. phonics is an inclusive literacy programme for all children learning to read.

Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to blend them to read and spell. It is powerful because it is based on the principles of how individuals learn.

It is a fully inclusive method of teaching reading with the movement from imitation to investigation to independent application, which can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage.

The teaching of phonics begins as soon as children enter school. Our Little Acorns (FS1) work within Phase 1. We begin to teach letter sounds in FS2. Phonics teaching continues throughout KS1 and KS2 where appropriate.

Regular training and development days ensure that staff are equipped to teach with the expertise and skills required to promote excellent progress, as well as a love of reading.

Further Phonics information:

Ruth Miskin Learning to Read at Home

When children have completed the phonics programme, they develop deeper reading skills through quality texts in a range of genres. At Leconfield, we want our children to be enthusiastic and motivated readers with the confidence and skills needed to decode words, read with fluency and understanding to understand what they have read and to develop a love and enjoyment of reading for pleasure.

Each class accesses our library which has an up to date selection of books to provide quality reading materials for all children to promote reading for enjoyment. The children also take part in organising and developing their classroom reading area and an annual competition ensures that efforts are recognised.

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