Phonics and Reading

How do we teach reading in our academy?

At Milton Primary Academy, teaching children to read is an essential part of our curriculum. We value the importance it has on enabling children to access the whole curriculum and strive to promote a love of reading. As your child moves through the academy, their reading experiences will change to reflect the increasing level of texts they will read. The following points outline the structures in place.

Early Years

  • Children take part in a daily phonics lesson to build their knowledge of sounds and to learn how to blend sounds together to read words. The phonics programme is called ‘Read Write Inc’
  • Children bring letter sounds on a key-ring and blending cards home to practise
  • A school reading book linked to your child’s reading ability will be sent home on a daily basis for you to enjoy some reading time at home with your child. This should be recorded in your child’s reading log
  • Children are exposed to class reads and oral storytelling to help expand their knowledge
  • Reading books and activities to promote reading development are available throughout the day for your child to access indoors and out
  • We access the Booktime initiative to ensure each child receives two free story books and can become a member of Hanley LibraryKey Stage 1
  • Children take part in a daily phonics lesson to build their knowledge of sounds and words using the ‘Read Write Inc’ published scheme
  • A reading book linked to your child’s reading ability will be sent home on a daily basis for you to enjoy some reading time at home with your child. This should be recorded in your child’s reading log
  • Children will have a daily reading session where they complete a mixture of teacher led and independent reading activities. Their progress in reading is assessed, monitored and recorded during these sessions
  • Each week children have allocated time to enjoy a book from home or from the library
  • If a child requires additional support we have a range of interventions which target a variety of needs to scaffold progressKey Stage 2
  • Each week children have allocated time to enjoy a book from home or from the library
  • It is important children read the right book at the right time to secure reading development. Children will be assessed and supported in making the right choice for them and their stage of development
  • Children will take part in a weekly reading sessions where they complete a mixture of teacher led and independent reading activities. Their progress in reading is assessed, monitored and recorded during these sessions
  • Children will be given the opportunity to develop their reading skills across the curriculum, exposing them to a range of genre types
  • If a child requires require additional support we have a range of interventions which target a variety of needs to scaffold progressHow can you help at home?

     

    Your child can be practising a lot of the skills they need for reading and writing before they come to our Academy. They can explore and learn through singing and saying rhymes, making and listening to music, talking, sharing books, using puppets and toys to make up stories.

    Speaking and listening are the foundations for reading and writing; they help us to build confident readers and writers.

    Make the most of everyday opportunities to talk to your child. Talk whilst you’re making the tea, tidying up, putting the shopping away or when you’re on the bus. Tell them what you’re doing, ask them what they can see. Make sure you look at them and show them you’re interested in listening to them. This might not seem important, but it really is!

    You will be giving your child a really good start.

    Another really important way that you can help your child is by sharing stories with them – this might be telling them funny stories of what they did when they were a baby or reading a book with them. Take a trip to the library – they have fantastic books to borrow for free.