Reading and Phonics
Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will learn to do. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to become a confident and competent reader. We want all the children at the academy to love reading.
In the early stages of their reading, pupils are introduced to the Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) scheme and may continue with this until they are approximately 6 years old.
Later on, Accelerated Reader is used for monitoring independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure. Using information generated by the software, teachers can help students select books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not too difficult to cause frustration.
Our latest report to Governors about Accelerated Reader can be found here:
What is Jolly Phonics?
Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. The letter sounds are split into seven groups as shown below.
Letter Sound Order
The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.