Early Reading is a key priority for us at Sylvester Primary Academy. Throughout school we provide children with lots of opportunities to promote reading for pleasure. This is achieved by ensuring all our children have access to high quality story times with diverse books from a range of different genres, whilst giving the children a choice in the texts they access. To further enhance the children’s reading experiences we access the local library, have author visits and regularly hold book fairs. Parents are invited to support their child’s reading journey and are regularly invited into school to attend reading/phonics workshops and stay and plays.
We were very pleased with feedback that we have received from our phonics workshop. Here is what some parents had to say when they were asked what they found useful in the session:
"I found the pack really useful and Miss Tomlinson went into good detail."
"Very useful as phonics has changed alot since our older children attended primary school."
"I found it more useful to know the sounds of letters to know how to teach them the same at home."
When attendees were asked how useful did they find the information in their child's reading records, here is what they had to say:
"It's nice to be kept upto date and be able to know and assist with reading at home."
"Very, we find those words throughout the week on signs, shops and books and it makes my daughter more confident knowing she knows them."
"Very useful - it helps me to encourage the same topics at home."
At Sylvester Primary Academy we deliver Phonics sessions following a programme called Read Write Inc. In Early Years and Key Stage 1 the children are placed into phonics groups linked to their individual needs. These groups are fluid so that children can move between the groups to best meet the changing needs of each child. Phonics lessons take place on a daily basis and have two elements to them. The first element is our ‘Speed Sounds’ lesson and this is when children are taught new sounds and practice reading and writing them in the context of a word. Following on from this session children then apply these skills in a ‘Core Story book’. This allows children to read a text that links to the sounds they have been learning and check their comprehension of the text. The reading books children bring home are closely matched to the sounds they have been learning. The children will have read the text in school before it comes home so they can be confident and fluent when they read it at home.