Children begin to learn to read by using phonics. Phonics help children to decode new written words by sounding them out using their phonic knowledge.
Early phonics are introduced in nursery through rhymes, singing, stories and play, helping children to start to learn the sounds that letters make.
We use a a synthetic approach to teaching phonics (Letters and Sounds), which is taught systematically from phase 1 in the nursery through to phase 6 in year 2. Phonics is taught daily to the whole class.
Children’s phonic knowledge is tested at the end of Year 1, through a statutory national test. If they do not achieve the threshold score the test is repeated at the end of Year 2.
The large majority of children complete the phonics programme by the end of Year 2. If, through our assessment, we find that some children still have gaps in their phonic knowledge, an intervention programme is put in place in Year 3 and throughout Key Stage 2, as necessary.
Reading for Meaning
There are many skills associated with Reading from simple comprehension to inference and deduction and skimming and scanning. Children will need all these skills as they move through primary school onto secondary school and further education.
At Lansbury Lawrence, children learn the skills of reading through shared reading (3 times a week) and daily guided reading sessions. In these sessions children practise their reading strategies and develop their comprehension skills, discussing answers to questions about what they have read.
The Joy of Reading
We want the children at Lansbury Lawrence to love reading! We provide many opportunities for children to develop a love of books and reading from the moment they start nursery. Each class teacher ends the day by reading a story or class novel to the children. Children are given time to choose books from the class or the school library and to take these home. Home reading is very important and we encourage parents to read or share a book with their child each evening. The library is open to all children and their parents from 8:45-9:00am and from 3:30 – 3:45pm. Books and reading areas are available to children at lunch times and we have lunch-time and after-school Reading Clubs. We celebrate events such as World Book Day, invite authors to come in to school and take part in reading challenges such as the Tower Hamlets Book Award and the Ideas Store Summer Reading Challenge.