At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School, our aim is to develop fluent readers, whilst fostering a love of reading by all.
Our teaching of phonics is delivered via a detailed and systematic programme ‘Read Write inc’. Pupils have opportunities to engage in daily phonics lessons and activities. They are also provided with opportunities to apply their knowledge in purposeful, practical and reading activities. The pupils are assessed regularly and move accordingly through the programme. Pupils are also provided with a phonics reading book aligned to their current learning.
Synthetic phonics is not the only reading strategy we use to help pupils learn to read. We give pupils regular opportunities to practise reading by sight high frequency words and words that cannot be read by sounding out.
Our curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to read for purpose throughout our termly topics. They read poems, and have opportunities to compare texts and to discuss and compare books in an extra-curricular ‘Book Club’. Pupils also have the opportunity to borrow books from our school library.
Pupils take home a reading scheme book and a phonics book to read, more fluent readers take home a chapter book. The scheme and phonics books are the ones that are most suitable for the individual child’s reading level.
We offer sessions for parents and carers who wish to know more about how phonics and reading are taught and what they can do to help their child learn to read.
A statutory phonics screening check is taken by every Year One child in June. Any Year Two pupils who did not pass the screening when they were in Year One will retake the check.
The phonics screening check is designed to give teachers and parents’ information on how their child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether a child needs additional support at this stage, so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill.