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Reading and Phonics

Reading and Phonics

The importance of reading and phonics at Sharlston Community School
Reading plays a vital role in the development and education of your child.  At Sharlston we ensure that pupils have lots of opportunities to read in lots of different contexts. We continually strive to promote a love of reading through our text led topics, buddy reading programmes and Regular Reading Raffle.

In Key Stage One we deliver a consistent approach to phonics using a programme called Letters and Sounds. Every pupil in EYFS and Key Stage One works through the programme to help them decode (sound out) words that they read and spell. Reading is linked into understanding what they have read and also links into short writing activities. Using small group work on a daily basis allows staff to pin point any individual who may need additional support in this area and will plan intervention activities if needed. Teachers will always keep you informed if your child is having additional support.

Reading schemes
Pupils read through a set of book banded books. Each colour in the book band is a different level. We provide a diet and range of books at different levels within a book band. The pupils know which book band they are working at and recognise the book band that they are working towards.

Opportunities for reading
Pupils also read regularly in other areas of the curriculum and in other parts of the school day through:


  • Whole Class Reading - Pupils read together as a class,using class sets of the same book and reading skills are taught in this way in Key Stage Two
  • Guided Reading -with small groups of pupils to teach specific and targeted reading skills in a book that is sufficiently challenging. Key Stage One and EYFS pupils develop their skills in this way.
  • Reading Across the Curriculum - Pupils read a range of books linked to other areas of their learning and have regular ‘reading for topic' lessons and library sessions
  • Story Time - In Key Stage One, books are read to pupils for them to hear good examples of reading aloud and to develop an enthusiasm for reading books themselves.  Class books are shared with pupils, where they read along with the teacher.
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