At Ashmole Primary School, early reading will be taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach to reading. Pupils will be systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds all through the word for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. They will be taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but will also be taught high frequency words and tricky words which do not completely follow the phonic rules.
Reading is a central part of every pupil’s life at our school and is at the heart of our curriculum; every child in our school is a reader and so are their teachers. The school follows the government published programme “Letters and Sounds” using resources from the BBC “Fun with Phonics” published programme which supports us in providing a multi-sensory approach to learning phonics.
At Ashmole Primary School, all our early reading books are colour banded, according to level of difficulty. Each child will be given a colour band to choose their home reading book from which will help to ensure that the book they select is at about the right reading level for them. Every colour band includes books from a range of reading schemes so that they will experience a range of stories, text types and illustrations. The majority of books within the early book bands can be decoded using phonics skills and knowledge – children will be encouraged to use their phonics skills to read. The range of published schemes used include Rigby Star Phonics, Big Cat Phonics, Fun with Phonics, Floppy Phonics, Phonics Bug and Songbirds.