Phonics & Reading
At Lakelands Primary School, we believe that reading is the key to unlocking learning across all other areas of the curriculum. It is for this reason that we have adopted a rich, book-based curriculum which encourages reading of books and other kinds of texts. We have selected a range of high quality texts that we use as a starting point for each topic.
In Reception, there will be a mix of adult led and child-initiated tasks available across both classes and the outside classroom for the children to select. Most of the activities are linked to the topic and give the children a ‘starting point’ for their learning.
“Schools that take the business of reading for pleasure seriously, where teachers read, talk with enthusiasm and recommend books, and where provision for reading is planned carefully, are more likely to succeed with their pupils’ reading.” (Ofsted)
Alongside our topic, we will teach a discrete phonics lesson every day using the Read Write Inc phonics programme (RWI). It is a systematic approach to learning letters and sounds that enables children to read and write successfully.
Through RWI children will:
- Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter(s)
- Use pictures as a prompt for recognising sounds
- Use Fred talk to encourage blending of sounds to read words. Fred can only read pure sounds, so the children help Fred by blending the sounds so that they can help him to read a whole word!
- Read books suited to their reading ability with confidence and fluency, using a storyteller's voice
- Answer questions about stories showing good comprehension
- Have daily story time
Green words are words your child can sound out and blend together using the speed sounds they have learnt. Your child will be able to read more easily if these words are practised first.
Red words are words containing spelling patterns that cannot be sounded out. Red words have to be learnt by sight.
Pupil's home-school communication books are maintained and monitored by staff regularly. These are kept in each child's book bag and home reading books are changed as appropriate, according to the RWI programme and linked to your child's developmental stage of reading. We encourage reading daily at home.
Watch this video for more information on Read Write Inc.
More videos on how to support children, including how to pronounce each of the sounds, can be found here.
Supporting documents can also be found below.