Reading and Phonics at St. Philip's
At St. Philip's, we are passionate about teaching phonics, it is at the heart of everything that we do! The pronunciation of the pure sounds is vital so that your child is hearing the right information. To find out more about what the pure sounds are, follow this link to watch a short video: Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl - YouTube.
In school, your child will be very familiar with the Jolly Phonics songs. We use these in our teaching right from the start and they provide actions that your child may use in the early stages of their reading journey. Follow this link to enjoy the songs together with your child: Jolly Phonics Songs in correct order - Letters and Diagraphs - YouTube.
At St. Philip's, we teach phonics every day because it is an essential part of your child's development. We follow Letters and Sounds, tailored to our school, so that our phonics sessions are consistent and coherent. We believe this is fundamental for our children to become independent readers. To find out more about Letters and Sounds and how we break our teaching down into phases, the document is here for you to read: Letters_and_Sounds_-_DFES-00281-2007.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk).
Below is a list of useful websites that we use to support our phonics teaching so that you can explore them at home:
Phonics Games for the Classroom and Home - Phonics Bloom
Alphablocks - CBeebies - BBC
Letters and Sounds, English Games for 5-7 Years - Topmarks
At St. Philip's, our children read at home for 15 minutes every day. In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, you comment on your child's reading in their reading journal after you have listened to them read. You might describe what you have talked about, a particular phoneme you focused on or something that they are finding difficult. In the back of your child's reading journal, you will find examples of questions you can ask your child about their book. In Key Stage Two, our children write their own comments in their reading journals where they might explain something that they have learnt, list new vocabulary they have found or ask questions to further develop their understanding.
The book that your child brings home are part of the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. The colour band that your child is reading at is continually assessed to ensure that they are reading a book with the appropraite level of challenge.
At St. Philip's, we promote a love of reading and one of the ways we do this is through our school library. Each class visits the library every week where they borrow a book to take home. Here the children have the opportunity to follow their particular interests as they might choose a book by their favourite author or around a subject that they are learning about in class.
The adults in your child's class will listen to them read frequently. In Reception and Year One this is on a one to one basis and as part of a group. From Year Two to Year Six, all the children read the same text in Guided Reading and there is more focus on developing comprehension.
Reception and Year Six children also buddy up to read together. Not only does this develop our youngest children's reading skills but oldest children devlop their questioning skills as well as setting an excellent example of reading.
At the end of every day everything stops for story time where the whole class gathers together to share another high quality text. This maybe a book that the teacher or a child has chosen, a book from the class book area where the children can return to it later or a class novel.
We are very lucky here at St. Philip's to have some of our parents who volunteer to listen to our children read. These volunteers work in different classes across the school and support the children in many ways. If you are interested in becoming a reading volunter at our school, Mrs Morland our reading lead, would love to hear from you.