The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
At Sandy Hill, our aims for reading are to ensure that all pupils:
read easily, fluently and with good understanding
develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading
appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
Early Reading at Sandy Hill Academy
Enjoying books and reading stories from a very early age is crucial in the development of children. It helps with their ability to understand words, use their imagination and develop their speech, as well as being something they really enjoy. During their time in Reception, children will be immersed into an environment enriched by the love of reading with a wide range of books which enhance and support the topics being taught or just to read for the pure enjoyment and fun.
At Sandy Hill Academy, we have developed our own reading scheme which is systematic and effective. This leaflet explains the process of our system and how you can support at home. We thank you in advance for your support with engaging your child with reading, fostering a love of reading and developing their independence and foundations of becoming a competent reader.
Daily Taught Phonics Session
Each day your child will be taught ‘phonics’. This is a fun, practical and interactive session that is teaching reading and writing. Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them to read. Words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. This helps children to read words and to spell words using the corresponding graphemes (the written corresponding sound) . The children will then progress onto digraphs and trigraphs: sounds made up of two letters such as; ch, sh, th. Our reading system is supportive of our phonic teaching. Following guidance from OFSTED, we have made some changes to the way we will be developing reading at home and at school.
Each day in your child’s Phonic lesson they will be introduced to a new phoneme which they will then be encouraged to recognise and use in their reading and writing. In line with recent guidance your child will be bringing home reading books and word sets that contain these graphemes to ensure that this new learning becomes fully embedded. The new reading system will be as follows:
Monday: New reading book and a set of words sent home linked to the week’s Phonic sounds.
Wednesday: New reading book sent home linked to the week’s Phonic sounds
Friday: Your child will bring home two reading books. One may be the same reading book as on Monday (this is to develop fluency, word recognition and comprehension skills) plus a reading book from our previous reading scheme.
In due course your child will also have access to a range of books from Oxford Reading Buddy (an online library of books matched to the child’s reading ability). This will also develop their love of reading and the opportunity to experience a wide range of texts.