Reading, Phonics and Spelling

Early Reading and Phonics

At Church Langton, we place the highest importance on providing all children with a structured approach to learning to read from the moment they start at our school. In EYFS and Year One, we use a phonics programme called Sounds-Write. It is a highly regarded linguistics programme that begins with sounds in the language and moves from sounds to the written word. Children, in their daily phonics sessions, are taught conceptual knowledge and skills that enable them to say the sounds and read the words. The programme begins by teaching an ‘Initial Code’.

During this phase, the children learn that:

sounds can be represented by spellings with one letter

that some spellings are written with a double consonant

some spellings are written with two different letters

Once the children are confident with applying this understanding in their reading and spelling, they move onto the ‘Extended Code’ towards the end of EYFS. During this phase, the children learn:

a spelling can represent more than one sound

the most common sounds represented by the target spelling

how to manipulate alternative sounds in and out of words

This phase lasts throughout Year 1 and the skills they learn will continue to be applied in their reading and spelling  well beyond this time. Throughout the programme, close links are made between reading and spelling.

Please follow this link to download the parent guide for Sounds Write.

Sounds- Write leaflet for parents

 

Reading

Reading at School

We pride ourselves on our strong reading culture at our school. Reading is at the very heart of our curriculum. Our English lessons are centred around a range of high quality children books. We link spoken language, reading and writing in order that children can become more confident in all areas of the curriculum.

Children have daily opportunities to read. At times, they read individually, in pairs, in small groups or as a whole class. The reading curriculum focuses on word reading (decoding words) and understanding of texts (comprehension). We teach these skills alongside each other. Opportunities are planned into our lessons for children to discuss what they are reading, share opinions and explore different responses to texts.

We have a lovely library where pupils can select their own books. Each classroom also has a reading area and its own stock of books for children to read.

 

Reading at Home

The regularity of reading at home has a significant impact on the progress and confidence a child can develop in their reading. We ask for pupils to read each night and our home school planner is used to record and share their progress. Sir Langton’s reading reward scheme promotes the importance of regular reading with achievements shared each week.

 

Spelling

At our school we use Word Study as our programme to develop the children’s understanding of

Foundation stage (4+)

4+ have reading books linked to their phonics learning.  Within those books there are phonics sounds which the children can work on at home and practice.

Year 1

Year one are also going to be given phonics sounds to work on.  At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 2 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 1 and 2 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Year 2

Year 2 will also be giving out phonics sounds depending on different children’s needs. At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 2 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 2 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Year 3

Year 3 will be studying spelling patterns in school.  Those patterns are listed below for the term ahead.  There is no expectation that the children work on these at home but optional tasks have been listed below so that you can do work with your children if you wish. At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 4 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 3 and 4 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Year 4

Year 4 will be studying spelling patterns in school.  Those patterns are listed below for the term ahead.  There is no expectation that the children work on these at home but optional tasks have been listed below so that you can do work with your children if you wish. At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 4 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 4 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Year 5

Year 5 will be studying spelling patterns in school.  Those patterns are listed below for the term ahead.  There is no expectation that the children work on these at home but optional tasks have been listed below so that you can do work with your children if you wish. At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 6 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 5 and 6 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Year 6

Year 6 will be studying spelling patterns in school.  Those patterns are listed below for the term ahead.  There is no expectation that the children work on these at home but optional tasks have been listed below so that you can do work with your children if you wish. At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 6 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 6 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.